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Fever Hill by Michelle Paver

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I have been a fan of Michelleâs since her first, Without Charity, and rejoice in her wonderful success with the beginning of her childrenâs series, Wolf Brother. This absorbing, evocative trilogy, set in Jamaica at the turn of the century, is passionate stuff, true old-fashioned story-telling at its best. Following The Shadow Catcher we are now in 1903 with old secrets reappearing, friendships reuniting and the Jamaican country, people and history brilliantly depicted. Sheâs great.

Comparison: Judith Lennox, Sarah Harrison, Jojo Moyes.
Similar this month: None, but try Maeve Binchy or Deborah Lawrenson.

If you like Michelle Paver you might also like to read books by John Harding, Alexandra Sokoloff and Jennifer Egan.

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Fever Hill by Michelle Paver

For three years she had dreamed of coming back…Sophie Monroe – clever, passionate and incapable of fitting in – returns to Jamaica, her childhood home, in the summer of 1903. Eden, the hauntingly beautiful plantation where she grew up, is nearly bankrupt. Her own inheritance, the old house at Fever Hill, is slipping into ruin. And her sister Madeleine is hiding something. But what? What could be so wrong that she cannot tell Sophie?

There seems to be nowhere to turn. Even Sophieâs childhood hero Ben Kelly is avoiding her; for Ben has troubles of his own, as he struggles to forget an appalling childhood in the London slums. Soon Sophie finds herself facing not just a clash of loyalties but the savage prejudices of a colonial society. And, ultimately, both she and Ben must confront the ghosts of their own pasts…


'First-rate' - Bookseller

'A spell-binding and compulsive read' - Lancashire Evening Post

About the Author

Michelle Paver

Michelle Paver was born in Malawi; her father was South African and her mother is Belgian. They moved to England when she was small and she was brought up in Wimbledon, where she still lives. After gaining a first in biochemistry at Oxford she became a lawyer and was until recently a partner of a large City law firm, specialising in patent litigation. She has now given up the law to write full-time. She is the author of Without Charity, A Place in the Hills, The Shadow Catcher and Fever Hill all published by Corgi.

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4th July 2005


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