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The Visitors by Sally Beauman
  

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Egypt in the 1920s and a glorious sweeping tale of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb seen from the point of view of an English girl, Lucy, sent to Egypt with her companion to recover from typhoid. Naturally they are introduced into the right circles and attend all the social events, including a luncheon in a recently excavated tomb. Lucy becomes smitten, makes good and lasting friends and returns to Egypt again and again. Alongside this is an English story of intrigue which sweeps us up into the war and beyond as we follow Lucy’s long and eventful life. It is the sort of saga you sink right into. Absorbing, with some wonderful dynamics between characters and some vivid descriptions with a real sense of place, this is a great read.

If you like Sally Beauman you might also like to read books by Lisa Appignanesi, Adele Geras and Helen Dunmore.

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Synopsis

The Visitors by Sally Beauman

Under the tablecloth, Frances's hand reached for mine and clasped it. I knew what it meant, that clasp and the mischievous grateful glance that accompanied it: it meant I was thanked, that there were secrets here. I could accept that. I too had secrets - who doesn't? Sent abroad to Egypt in 1922 to recover from the typhoid that killed her mother, eleven-year-old Lucy is caught up in the intrigue and excitement that surrounds the obsessive hunt for Tutankhamun's tomb. As she struggles to comprehend an adult world in which those closest to her are often cold and unpredictable, Lucy longs for a friend she can love. When she meets Frances, the daughter of an American archaeologist, her life is transformed. As the two girls spy on the grown-ups and try to understand the truth behind their evasions, a lifelong bond is formed. Haunted by the ghosts of her past, the mistakes she made and the secrets she kept, Lucy disinters her past, trying to make sense of what happened all those years ago in Cairo and the Valley of the Kings. And for the first time in her life, she comes to terms with what happened after Egypt, when Frances needed Lucy most.

Reviews

The settings are glamorous and mysterious, the woman who dies in strange, unexplained circumstances is morally dubious and very beautiful, and there are real-life characters, such as Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon, searching for Tutankhamun's tomb, to add extra spice * Independent on Sunday * Colourful and fast-paced, this chunky but highly readable novel offers plenty of intrigue and an interesting portrait of the adult world, as seen through a child's enquiring eyes. * The Lady *


About the Author

Sally Beauman was born in Devon and graduated from Girton College, Cambridge. She began her career as a critic and writer for New York magazine and continued to write for leading periodicals in America and the UK after returning to England. In 1970 she was the first recipient of the Catherine Pakenham Award for her journalism, and at the age of 24 edited Queen magazine. She has written for the New Yorker, The Sunday Times and the Telegraph Magazine, where she was Arts Editor. Sally's novels have been translated into over twenty languages and are bestsellers worldwide.

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Book Info

Publication date

15th January 2015

Author

Sally Beauman

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Publisher

Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
688 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Romantic Fiction
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ISBN

9780751551662

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