To the Fair Land

To the Fair Land

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In 1789 struggling writer Ben Dearlove rescues a woman from a furious Covent Garden mob. The woman is ill and in her delirium cries out the name "Miranda". Weeks later an anonymous novel about the voyage of the Miranda to the fabled Great Southern Continent causes a sensation. Ben decides to find the author everyone is talking about. He is sure the woman can help him - but she has disappeared. It is soon clear that Ben is involved in something more dangerous than the search for a reclusive writer. Who is the woman and what is she running from? Who is following Ben? And what is the Admiralty trying to hide?

Before he can discover the shocking truth Ben has to get out of prison, catch a thief, and bring a murderer to justice. "A gripping, thrilling mystery." Historical Society Novel Reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback | 332 pages
  • 133 x 203 x 18mm | 380g
  • Bristol, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1781320179
  • 9781781320174
  • 2,632,771

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"I have only recently met Lucienne and when talking to her about her writing we have focused on her non-fiction and the recently published 'The Bristol Suffragettes'. However, this is her fiction, a story set in the late 18th century and it was recommended by a friend. It is wonderful. Populated by intriguing characters and told from a number of different points of view, it keeps you guessing about the truth of the background to a story written about 'The Fair Land' (a seemingly idyllic newly discovered country) - who wrote it, why and the consequences of the events it recounts - almost to the end. Set against the backdrop of the Bristol docks it oozes seafaring atmosphere. A terrific read. 5 of 5 stars." Suzie Grogan, Presenter Talking Books, 10 Radio // "Lucienne Boyce paints a vivid picture of eighteenth century life in London through the use of description to produce a tale of mystery, romance and adventure...What is initially an innocent search for an author transcends into a secret involving incest, murder, betrayal and suicide. The charm of the book lies in the mystery and ambiguity of the voyage and the character of Sarah Edgcumbe." // "From the first page, this extraordinary book plunges the reader into late 18th century London and its theatres and coffee-houses and far beyond ... It put me in mind of Conan Doyle in this respect: a stimulating chase that leaves you pondering on the human condition long after you've finished the final page." Debbie Young - author, blogger, and book promotion consultant // "A gripping, thrilling mystery... the plot is complex, exciting, and has a high degree of suspense maintained right to the end." Sarah Cuthbertson, Historical Novel Society // "Lucienne Boyce writes in a style that makes you want to savour every word and the soak up the atmosphere created by her descriptions of the characters and their surroundings. As the story unfolds, you realise that the gentle pace is compelling and each new facet of the story creeps up on you, gripping your imagination." Sir-Read-A-Lot - Historical Fiction Reviews // "The story is unpredictable and unusual and I didn't see the twists coming - which is a refreshing change. The main characters are rounded well enough to 'know' them but not too deep as to be shocked or disappointed by the twists they are involved in. I think that some of the characters were kept at arm's length deliberately and in my opinion, this was a clever ploy on the part of this clever author. I was very taken with the story and enjoyed it to the extent that I was disappointed when I had reached the end - I didn't want it to finish! I would read more books by this author with the greatest of pleasure." Historical Novel Society Reviews // "'To the Fair Land' was a thoroughly enjoyable read. Boyce takes the reader on an adventurous journey with Ben, an extremely likeable character. Mysteries abound, calumnies are committed, lives are forever changed and one young man must make a momentous decision." Darlene Williams - historical fiction author // and fast paced action." Discovering Diamonds (Discovering Diamonds Book of the Month, April 2021 // "A sharp, daring, original story of forbidden love, good and evil, betrayal and murder." Chez Maximka // "Manages to maintain suspense to the end, as well as surprising the reader with some unexpected twists...full of historical mysteries, fascinating characters and peril." Northern Reader // "An expertly crafted tale you won't want to put down!" Rev Rebecca Writes: Read, Write, Pray // "An engrossing and well-written of the most interesting and original pieces of historical fiction I have read in a long time." Ceri's Lil Blog //
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About Lucienne Boyce

Lucienne Boyce writes historical fiction, non fiction and biography. Other books set in the eighteenth-century are the Dan Foster Mysteries: "Bloodie Bones" (Winner of the Historical Novel Society Indies Award 2016); "The Butcher's Block"; "Death Makes No Distinction" and "The Fatal Coin".

Books on the women's suffrage campaign include "The Bristol Suffragettes" and "The Road to Representation: Essays on the Women's Suffrage Campaign", and contributions to "Bristol and the First World War" (Bristol Festival of Ideas, 2014); "The Women Who Built Bristol" (Tangent Books) 2018; and "Suffrage Stories: Tales from Knebworth, Stevenage, Hitchin and Letchworth" (Stevenage Museum, 2019).
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Rating details

32 ratings
4.06 out of 5 stars
5 34% (11)
4 50% (16)
3 9% (3)
2 0% (0)
1 6% (2)
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