The New Life Independent Bookshop Edition
An enthralling novel about forbidden desire set against the backdrop of the Oscar Wilde trial
Published:11th Jan '24
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This is a special independent bookshop edition which features exclusive extra content.
'It was as if this man in front of him were an invisible door and he was paused on the threshold'Discover Tom Crewe's magnificent debut novel about desire and the search for freedom in Victorian England . . .* 'Beautifully crafted' Sunday Times * 'Powerful' Telegraph * 'Virtuoso'Guardian * 'Brims with intelligence and insight' New York Times * 'Vivid and erotically charged'Daily Mail * 'A very fine new writer' Kate Atkinson--London, 1894. After a lifetime navigating his desires, John, married to Catherine, has met Frank. Meanwhile Henry's wife Edith has fallen for Angelica.A shared vision for the future brings John and Henry together to write a revolutionary book in defiance of convention and the law.Their daring book threatens to throw John and Henry, and all those around them, into danger. How far should they go to win personal freedoms? And how high a price are they willing to pay for a new way of living?
--'Enthralling . . . I'm confident I have read one of the most beautifully crafted, lavishly imagined novels of 2023' Sunday Times'Electrifying' Anne Enright'Filled with nuance and tenderness . . . charting the lives of men and women who inspired not only political progress but an entire new way of living and loving' Colm Tóibín
'Tom Crewe inhabits the minds, lives and bodies of his visionary late-nineteenth century characters with almost eerie precision and intensity. The result is subtle, sexy and beautifully crafted - a wonderful book' * Sarah Waters *
'Clever and kind, The New Life is a book of wonderful generosity and compassion' * Alice Winn, author of In Memoriam *
It is a pleasure to discover a young novelist with such a wise sensibility - and also, one who can construct such convincing characters. * Sunday Times *
This is a corker... one of the literary debuts of the year * The Times, *Books to Look Out For 2023* *
The New Life is filled with nuance and tenderness, steeped in the atmosphere of late nineteenth century London, a world on the brink of social and sexual change. Tom Crewe's brilliant novel dramatizes the relationship between the visionary and the brave, charting the lives of men and women who inspired not only political progress but an entire new way of living and loving. -- Colm Tóibín
Dimensions: 198mm x 129mm x 35mm