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Farundell by L. R. Fredericks
  

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A family drama on a grand scale, Farundell, a stunningly original debut novel has traces of Brideshead Revisited and Atonement running through it. It is literary fiction with a metaphysical twist. Although complete in itself, it is the first in a linked series of novels about these people, places and themes.

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Synopsis

Farundell by L. R. Fredericks

Farundell is a story of magical awakening as a young man searches for meaning in the aftermath of the First World War, a young girl comes of age and an old man journeys through memory to death. There's an enigmatic book, an erotic obsession, magic both black and white, a ghost who's not a ghost, a murder that's not a murder, a treasure that's not a treasure. It's about love, loss and longing; language, imagination and the nature of reality. In the golden summer of 1924 Paul Asher, still shattered by the trauma of the Western Front, comes to Farundell, an idyllic country house set deep in the Oxfordshire countryside. There, he falls under the spell of the rich and eccentric Damory family: the celebrated Amazon explorer Perceval, Lord Damory, now blind and dying, whose story echoes Paul's own strange dreams, brilliant thirteen-year-old Alice, on the cusp of adulthood and, like Paul, a seeker of knowledge and, most fatefully, the wild and beautiful Sylvie, with whom he falls passionately in love. Before summer's end, there will be tragedy, comedy, resolution and, for Paul, a revelation that will change his life forever.

Reviews

'A richly ambitious debut novel ... one cannot help but be swept away by Fredericks'
bold intentions' Financial Times

'Descriptively, conceptually and emotionally captivating' Easy Living

'Beautifully written ... I am sure it will appeal to many people' Daily Mail

About the Author

L. R. Fredericks lives in London. Farundell is her first novel.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st April 2011

Author

L. R. Fredericks

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Author's Website

www.lrfredericks.com

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Publisher

John Murray Publishers Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback
432 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Historical Fiction

Historical fiction

ISBN

9781848543300

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