The Deptford Trilogy
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The Deptford Trilogy : Fifth Business; The Manticore; World of Wonders

By (author) Robertson Davies

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At two minutes to six on December 27th 1908 the lives of three people become inextricably bound together by the trajectory of a snowball. There is ten-year old Dunstable Ramsay, intended victim of the snowball, who, fatefully, ducks; his 'lifelong friend and enemy' Percy Boyd Staunton, angered by their recent quarrel, who hurls the snowball; and Paul Dempster, prematurely born when his pregnant mother is struck by Percy's icy missile. Tracing the rich and varied lives of these three individuals, "The Deptford Trilogy" lures the reader down labyrinthine tunnels of myth, history and magic in one of the most beguiling, clever and cunning trilogies ever written.

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  • Paperback | 832 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 44mm | 580.6g
  • 28 Jul 2011
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • 024195262X
  • 9780241952627
  • 79,046

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Robertson Davies was born in Thamesville, Ontario, in 1913. A novelist, playwright, literary critic and essayist, he received numerous awards for his work. It is as a writer of fiction that Robertson Davies achieved international recognition, with such books as The Salterton Trilogy (Tempest-Tost, Leaven of Malice and A Mixture of Frailties); The Deptford Trilogy (Fifth Business, The Manticore and World of Wonders); The Cornish Trilogy (The Rebel Angels, What's Bred in the Bone, shortlisted for the 1986 Booker Prize, and The Lyre of Orpheus); Murther & Walking Spirits, and The Cunning Man. Robertson Davies died in 1995.

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The kind of writer who makes you want to nag your friends until they read him so that they share the pleasure Observer Davies' books will be recognized with the very best works of the twentieth century New York Times Book Review One of the great modern novelists -- Malcolm Bradbury A mature and wise writer -- Anthony Burgess Thick and rich with humour, character and incident Observer

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