The Last Days of Night
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New York, 1888, a gilded age when science has become the new deity and the scene for an outstanding gem of an historical thriller by the author of THE HOLMES AFFAIR and screenwriter of the Oscar-winning THE IMITATION GAME. Based on true events and people, the storyline follows the rivalries, almost wars, between the various parties who wished to bring electricity to the masses and the cities: Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse foremost, who plan to light up the continent from coast to coast and, in the process, make untold fortunes. Add a sprinkle of fascinating misfits including the charismatic inventor Nikola Tesla and the manipulative but beautiful opera singer Grace Huntington and you have a recipe for a rip-roaring adventure of a thriller with wit, beauty and sparkle and the dazzling portrait of a forgotten world brought to life in splendid fashion. Narrated by fictional tyro lawyer Paul Cravath who takes on a seemingly impossible case, this tale about what was essentially the invention of a light bulb is both illuminating and a must-read. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
Maxim Jakubowski's October 2016 Book of the Month.
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The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A thrilling novel based on actual events, about the nature of genius, the cost of ambition, and the battle to electrify America-from the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Imitation Game and author of The Sherlockian SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING EDDIE REDMAYNE New York, 1888. Gas lamps still flicker in the city streets, but the miracle of electric light is in its infancy. The person who controls the means to turn night into day will make history-and a vast fortune. A young untested lawyer named Paul Cravath, fresh out of Columbia Law School, takes a case that seems impossible to win. Paul's client, George Westinghouse, has been sued by Thomas Edison over a billion-dollar question: Who invented the light bulb and holds the right to power the country? The task facing Cravath is truly daunting -- win. And the stakes are immense: the winner of the case will illuminate America. In obsessive pursuit of victory, Paul crosses paths with Nikola Tesla, an eccentric, brilliant inventor who may hold the key to defeating Edison, and with Agnes Huntington, a beautiful opera singer who proves to be a flawless performer on stage and off. As Paul takes greater and greater risks, he'll find that everyone in his path is playing their own game, and no one is quite who they seem...Praise for The Last Days of Night 'Moore weaves a complex web...He conjures Gilded Age New York City so vividly, it feels like only yesterday' Entertainment Weekly 'A model of superior historical fiction ...Graham Moore digs deep into long-forgotten facts to give us an exciting, sometimes astonishing story of two geniuses locked in a brutal battle to change the world...[A] brilliant journey into the past'The Washington Post 'Mesmerizing, clever, and absolutely crackling...a beautifully researched, endlessly entertaining novel that will leave you buzzing' Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl 'Part legal thriller, part tour of a magical time - the age of wonder - and once you've finished it, you'll find it hard to return to the world of now' Erik Larson, author of The Devil in the White City
Reviews'A web of deception and industrial espionage'
The Sunday Times on The Last Days of Night
'Reads like a modern thriller'
Saga on The Last Days of Night
Daily Express on The Last Days of Night
'This is John Grisham meets Edith Wharton, as all the great and good of 19th-century New York slug it out in court'
The Times on The Last Days of Night
'One theme, of course, is the exhilaration that arises from connecting science to invention. I found that theme played out, in a manner that was resonant for our own times, in Graham Moore's historical novel The Last Days of Night'
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Publication date22nd September 2016
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PublisherSimon & Schuster Ltd
CategoriesModern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
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