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The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier
  

The Last Runaway

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One of our Books of the Year 2013.

Renowned author of Girl with a Pearl Earring turns to the American slave trade for her next historical drama. A young, naïve English Quaker in 1850’s Ohio is torn between her conscience and the law. She befriends runaway slaves, helping them escape to Canada through secret routes and safe houses. Plucky, strong women dominate this very fine book. It’s a good insight into the early Quaker settlers’ lives and the dark period of American history just prior to the Civil War, beautifully written in a ponderous read.

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Set in Ohio in 1850, the stunning new novel from the bestselling author of Girl With a Pearl Earring examines belief, duty and conscience against the backdrop of slavery. Quaker Honor Bright sails to America in the hope of a new life but finds little physical comfort in the harsh lands of Ohio or spritual sanctury in the Quaker community she settles in. Hailed as her best work since Girl with the Pearl Earring, The Last Runaway is a very satisfying read.

If you like Tracy Chevalier you might also like to read books by Philipp Meyer, Rose Tremain and Will Davenport.

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The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier

The stunning new novel from the bestselling author of Girl with a Pearl Earring. Honor Bright is a sheltered Quaker who has rarely ventured out of 1850s Dorset when she impulsively emigrates to America. Opposed to the slavery that defines and divides the country, she finds her principles tested to the limit when a runaway slave appears at the farm of her new family. In this tough, unsentimental place, where whisky bottles sit alongside quilts, Honor befriends two spirited women who will teach her how to turn ideas into actions.

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Praise for The Last Runaway:

'I have always admired Tracy Chevalier's un-showy brilliance, and this moving story of a young English Quaker girl trapped between duty and conscience in 1850s Ohio is the best thing she's written since Girl with a Pearl Earring' Rose Tremain

'The Last Runaway is a joy to read. Chevalier handles the intersection of two stories - those of pioneering Quakers and escaping slaves - with verve, imagination and, above all, compassion' Maggie O'Farrell

'A brave, warm-hearted, moving book; the characters are well-drawn and credible; the local colour meticulously detailed'
Joanne Harris

'By far her best book since Girl With A Pearl Earring if not better'
Amanda Craig

'Chevalier places her heroine at the heart, constructing a synergy between character and plot that makes this novel exquisitely complete... addictively compelling... Honor Bright deserves a sequel'
THE TIMES

'Her best since Girl With a Pearl Earring... as a serious novel about a genuine moral dilemma, it is highly recommended'
THE INDEPENDENT

'Chevalier immerses herself in period and place. Her research, as always, is meticulous and lightly worn... an entertaining read'
THE GUARDIAN

'Chevalier's eye for the telling detail brings it vividly to life. As simple and plain as a Quaker bonnet, but, like a Quaker soul, it contains a hidden light'
LITERARY REVIEW

'A gripping and potent novel which shows Chevalier at the height of her powers'
The EXPRESS

'Tracy Chevalier has found a subject that both fascinates and moves her and the result is this quietly powerful and gripping novel'
The MAIL

About the Author

Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevalier is the author of six previous novels, including the international bestseller Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Virgin Blue, Falling Angels, The Lady and the Unicorn, Burning Bright and Remarkable Creatures. Born in Washington, DC, she moved to London in 1984, where she lives with her husband and son.

The film of Girl with a Pearl Earring, starring Colin Firth as Vermeer, was released in the UK in January. It was nominated for 10 BAFTAs and two Academy Awards.

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Publication date

29th August 2013

Author

Tracy Chevalier

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Publisher

Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
400 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9780007350353

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