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The Sacred River by Wendy Wallace
  

The Sacred River

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A lush and sweeping Victorian epic, redolent in mood, tone and palate of the best Merchant Ivory adaptations, though set a little earlier. Harriet, Louisa and Yael have very different reasons for wanting to make the journey to Alexandria and all get very different things from their experience. This is the second novel in what isn’t quite a trilogy that casts a slightly different light on the lives of Victorian women, and does feature some characters from her first, The Painted Bridge.

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The Sacred River by Wendy Wallace

Harriet Heron's life is almost over before it has even begun. At just twenty-three years of age, she is an invalid, over-protected and reclusive. Before it is too late, she must escape the fog of Victorian London for a place where she can breathe. Together with her devoted mother, Louisa, her god-fearing aunt, Yael, and a book of her own spells inspired by the Egyptian Book of the Dead, Harriet travels to a land where the air is tinged with rose and gold and for the first time begins to experience what it is to live. But a chance meeting on the voyage to Alexandria results in a dangerous friendship as Louisa's long-buried past returns, in the form of someone determined to destroy her by preying upon her daughter. As Harriet journeys towards a destiny no one could have foreseen, her aunt Yael is caught up in an Egypt on the brink of revolt and her mother must confront the spectres of her own youth. Award-winning journalist and writer Wendy Wallace spins a tale of three women caught between propriety and love on a journey of cultural awakening through an exquisitely drawn Egypt. In prose both sumptuous and mesmeric, she conjures a sensibility akin to that of E M Forster and Merchant Ivory.

About the Author

Wendy Wallace is an award-winning freelance journalist and writer based in London, whose articles have appeared in the Telegraph, the Guardian and the Scotsman. This is her first novel.

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Publication date

24th April 2014

Author

Wendy Wallace

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wendywallace.co.uk/
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Publisher

Simon & Schuster Ltd

Format

Paperback
416 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9780857209542

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