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    DescriptionFirst published in 2006, Jo Walton's "Farthing" was hailed as a masterpiece, a darkly romantic thriller set in an alternate postwar England sliding into fascism. Eight years after they overthrew Churchill and led Britain into a separate peace with Hitler, the upper-crust families of the "Farthing set" are gathered for a weekend retreat. Among them is estranged Farthing scion Lucy Kahn, who can't understand why her and her husband David's presence was so forcefully requested. Then the country-house idyll is interrupted when the eminent Sir James Thirkie is found murdered--with a yellow Star of David pinned to his chest. Lucy begins to realize that her Jewish husband is about to be framed for the crime--an outcome that would be convenient for altogether too many of the various political machinations underway in Parliament in the coming week. But whoever's behind the murder, and the frame-up, didn't reckon on the principal investigator from Scotland Yard being a man with very private reasons for sympathizing with outcasts and underdogs--and prone to look beyond the obvious as a result. As the trap slowly shuts on Lucy and David, they begin to see a way out--a way fraught with peril in a darkening world.


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    Title
    Farthing
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jo Walton
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 213 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780765323132
    ISBN 10: 0765323133
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC E4L: SCI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.2
    DC21: 823.92
    BIC subject category V2: FF, FL
    Abridged Dewey: 813
    B&T Book Type: FI
    LC classification: PS
    DC22: FIC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21200
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1940
    B&T General Subject: 720
    BISAC V2.8: FIC040000, FIC022000, FIC028000
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Tor Books
    Imprint name
    Tor Books
    Publication date
    12 March 2013
    Author Information
    JO WALTON won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer on the publication of her debut novel, "The King's Peace." Her novel "Tooth and Claw" won the World Fantasy Award, and the novels of her Small Change sequence"--Farthing, ""Ha'Penny," and "Half a Crown"--have won acclaim ranging from national newspapers to the Romantic Times Critics' Choice Award. Most recently, her novel "Among Others" won the Nebula Award. A native of Wales, she lives in Montreal.
    Review quote
    "If Le Carre scares you, try Jo Walton. Of course her brilliant story of a democracy selling itself out to fascism sixty years ago is just a mystery, just a thriller, just a fantasy--of course we know nothing like that could happen now. Don't we?" --Ursula K. Le Guin "Stunningly powerful...While the whodunit plot is compelling, it's the convincing portrait of a country's incremental slide into fascism that makes this novel a standout. Mainstream readers should be enthralled as well." --"Publishers Weekly, "starred review "Amazing... One of the most compelling and chilling books of the year." "--RT Book Reviews ""A subversive, trenchant and simultaneously dark and light piece of speculative fiction. Can I get an amen? ...The parallels between her Britain and today's climate are never didactic and always effective. It's also a book about husbands and wives, and about class and sex. It is quite an achievement, brothers and sisters. Hallelujah." "--Bookslut ""A stiff-upper-lip whodunit boasting political intrigue and uncomfortable truths about anti-Semitism." " --Entertainment Weekly ""Walton realizes an all-too-convincing alternate world in which the Third Reich but not its spirit was stopped at the English Channel. The characters are highly plausible, and in every aspect from the petty snobbery hampering the inspector to the we-don't-do-that-here conclusion, the plot encourages warily reconsidering the daily news." --"Booklist ""A beautifully-written alternate history thriller by World Fantasy Award-winner Jo Walton, "Farthing" is a smart, convincing tale of a country's slide into fascism that's sure to entertain casual and genre readers alike." --"Cinescope"
    Back cover copy
    Praise for "Farthing" "If Le Carre scares you, try Jo Walton. Of course her brilliant story of a democracy selling itself out to fascism sixty years ago is just a mystery, just a thriller, just a fantasy--of course we know nothing like that could happen now. Don't we?" --Ursula K. Le Guin "It really is one of those books that succeeds in almost too many ways to count. It's a great, engaging read, and sharp as a knife. The most meaningful parahistorical novel I've come across in a long time, succinct and rivetingly readable." --Robert Charles Wilson ""Farthing" starts out as a cozy period house party mystery, becomes a brilliant alternate history yarn, and at last reveals itself to be a chilling political thriller. It's smart, riveting, and deeply moving. Once you start reading, don't plan to put it down." --Emma Bull "A wonderful book, simultaneously a gripping mystery and a harrowing cautionary tale. Walton's credible--and entirely convincing--alternative history becomes a terrifying meditation on class, power, and persecution." --Susan Palwick