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Possession: A Romance

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EAN: 9781446499115
Published: 4 Aug 2013


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Possession is an exhilarating novel of wit and romance, at once a literary detective novel and a captivating love story. It is the tale of a pair of young scholars investigating the lives of two Victorian poets. Following a trail of letters, journals and poems they uncover a web of passion, deceit and tragedy, and their quest becomes a battle against time.

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What the critics say

As always, Byatt wields beautiful prose, and the mix of prose and poetry gives the book a sensuality as mysterious as anything in the plot
- Elizabeth Kostova

Intelligent, ingenious and humane
- Times Literary Supplement

Intelligent, literary, and ambitious...combines the drive of the thriller with the 19th-century novel, and throughout she threads the poetry and passion of ''romance''....races to a riotous final scene of storms and graveyards
- The Times

You turn its last page feeling stunned and elated, happy to have had the chance to read it. This is a novel for every taste: a heartbreaking Victorian love story, a take-no-prisoners comedy of contemporary academic life, and an unputdownable supernatural mystery that starts with an old book in a London library and ends on a storm-wracked night in a churchyard before an open grave.
- Washington Post

Proves that a serious, intricate book can also be a page turner...manifest intelligence, subtle humor and extraordinary texturing of the past within the present make Possession original and unforgettable
- Time

Shimmers with something close to genius ... If I become famous enough to be the castaway on Desert Island Discs, this is the book I'd choose. It requires effort but, trust me, it is a modern masterpiece
- Daily Mail

About the Author

A.S. Byatt is internationally known as a novelist, short-story writer and critic. She has published nine novels, two novellas and four collections of stories, and co-edited Memory: An Anthology. A. S. Byatt was appointed CBE after Possession was awarded the Booker Prize in 1990, and DBE in 1999. Her most recent novel was The Children's Book.

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