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LOSING NELSON: Unsworth, Barry

LOSING NELSON

Unsworth, Barry

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ISBN 10: 0241137004 / ISBN 13: 9780241137000
Published by Hamish Hamilton, London, 1999
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First edition, first prnt. Signed and dated "5th August 99" by Unsworth on the title page. Spine topedge lightly pushed; otherwise, an unread copy in Fine condition in a Fine dustjacket with an archival cover. Bookseller Inventory # 90810

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Title: LOSING NELSON

Publisher: Hamish Hamilton, London

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed & Dated by Author

Edition: 1st Edition

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Losing Nelson
312 pp. "Losing Nelson is a 1999 novel by Barry Unsworth. Its protagonist is Charles Cleasby, who is obsessed with Lord Nelson, attempts to re-enact events of "Horatio"'s life to the point of feeling that he is the admiral, and who is writing a hagiographic biography. His typist, the down-to-earth Miss Lily, serves as his foil in her criticism of Nelson's ego and treatment of his wife. At the end, when Cleasby has journeyed to Naples to do research in the hope of exonerating his hero for his execution of Admiral Caracciolo and other Neapolitan Jacobins, he murders a child near the location of Nelson's betrayal, simultaneously imagining that he is killing the child Nelson and that the act forever merges him with Nelson."Keywords: BARRY UNSWORTH LOSING NELSON BOOKER PRIZE CONTEMPORARY FICTION

About the Author:

Barry Unsworth was born in 1930 in Durham. He was the author of many novels, including Pascali's Island, which was shortlisted for the 1980 Booker Prize; Stone Virgin (1985); Sacred Hunger, which was joint winner of the 1992 Booker Prize; Morality Play, which was shortlisted for the 1995 Booker Prize; Losing Nelson (1999); The Songs of the King (2002); The Ruby in Her Navel (2006); Land of Marvels (2009); and The Quality of Mercy (2011), which was shortlisted for The Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction. Barry Unsworth died in 2012.

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