Alice in Exile

Alice in Exile

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London, 1913. Alice Fry, the independent-minded daughter of a radical publisher, is keen to test the boundaries of what is possible in work and love. Falling for Edward Cobb, the eligible son of a baronet, she goes against her political views and accepts his proposal in marriage. But disturbing changes in her circumstance soon force her to accept Baron von Rettenberg's invitation to go to Russia and take charge of his children. Desperate, Alice concludes that exile is preferable to shame and, as a result, finds herself in the midst of two of the great cataclysms of the 20th century - the Great War and the Russian Revolution.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 418 pages
  • 157.48 x 238.76 x 53.34mm | 975.22g
  • ISIS Publishing
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large Print edition
  • 0753167417
  • 9780753167410

Review quote

"Beautifully and vividly told, grippingly paced."show more

Review Text

What a satisfying novel, old fashioned in the sense that it has a beginning , middle and end, and a story that engages the reader from page one. Starting in the period immediately before and during the Great War its canvas encompasses not only the conflict in Europe but also the abdication of the Tsar, the February revolution and the raising of the red flag on the Winter Palace. The author's main protagonist is Alice Fry, a student at Bedford College London, who sympathises with the suffragist cause and despises those who live in luxury while the masses starve. When Alice falls in love with Edward Cobb, son of wealthy land owners and a prospective Tory candidate, she has to face a personal dilemma and question all her values. She is too honest to blind herself to the temptation of possessing such riches and such a secure position in society but the decision is made for her when Edward is frightened away by the scandal caused by Alice's father. A free thinker, he has allowed a sexually explicit book to be published under his name. So far, the narrative runs along the familiar lines of mesalliance and class conflict but when Alice exiles herself, her introduction to an alien society allows the author to explore not only fascinating historical events but themes which still torment our contemporary world: racism, refugees and war. By portraying events from the viewpoint, not only of Alice but also of Baron von Rettenberg, a white Russian army officer, his family and serfs, the author clarifies the complicated series of events and political movements following the Bolshevik uprising and renders the account totally absorbing. (Kirkus UK)show more

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179 ratings
3.51 out of 5 stars
5 18% (32)
4 34% (61)
3 34% (61)
2 10% (18)
1 4% (7)
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