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Mrs Engels free pdf Longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award Love is a bygone idea, centuries-worn. There are things we can go without, and love is among them- bread and a warm hearth are not. In September 1870 a train leaves Manchester bound for London. On board is Lizzie Burns, a poor worker from the Irish slums, who is embarking on the journey that will change her forever. Sitting in the first-class carriage beside her lover, the wealthy mill-owner Frederick Engels, the vision of a life of peace and comfort takes shape before her eyes: finally, at nearly fifty, she is to be the lady of a house and the wife to a man. Perhaps now she can put the difficulties of the past behind her, and be happy? In Gavin McCrea's stunning debut novel, we follow Lizzie as the promise of an easy existence in the capital slips from her view, and as she gains, in its place, a profound understanding of herself and of the world. While Frederick and his friend Karl Marx try to spur revolution among the working classes, Lizzie is compelled to undertake a revolution of another kind: of the heart and the soul. Haunted by her first love - a revolutionary Irishman- burdened by a sense of duty to right past mistakes- and torn between a desire for independence and the pragmatic need to be taken care of, Lizzie learns, as she says, that 'the world doesn't happen how you think it will. The secret is to soften to it, and to take its blows.' Wry, astute and often hilarious, Lizzie is as compelling and charismatic a figure as ever walked the streets of Victorian England, or its novels. In giving her renewed life, Gavin McCrea earns his place in the pantheon of great debut novelists.

About Gavin McCrea

Gavin McCrea was born in Dublin in 1978 and has since travelled widely, living in Italy and Spain, among other places. He holds a BA and an MA from University College Dublin, and an MA and a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia (where he was one of the few students awarded a scholarship). He currently teaches undergraduate literature and creative writing at UEA.

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Author : Gavin McCrea
Publisher : Scribe Publications
Data Published : 01 May 2015
ISBN : 1922247952
EAN : 9781922247957
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 352 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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