Outlaw : A Novel of Robin Hood

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In the tradition of Bernard Cornwell and Ben Kane, Outlaw is a rousing historical novel that mixes legend with fact to bring to life the time, the lives and the struggles of late 12th century England. As the Henry II struggles with his rebelious children and the conflict between the Saxon nobility and the Norman conquerors continues on as bloody as ever, there is a figure that has remained firmly fixed in the imagation of generations - Robin Hood, an outlaw and a renegade nobility determined to bring down the men who took his land, his family, and his position.
When he's caught stealing, young Alan Dale is forced to leave his family and go to live with a notorious band of outlaws in Sherwood Forest. Their leader is the infamous Robin Hood. A tough, bloodthirsty warrior, Robin is more feared than any man in the county. And he becomes a mentor for Alan; with his fellow outlaws, Robin teaches Alan how to fight - and how to win. But Robin is a ruthless man - and although he is Alan's protector, if Alan displeases him, he could also just as easily become his murderer...From bloody battles to riotous feast days to marauding packs of wolves, Outlaw is a gripping, action-packed historical thriller that delves deep into the fascinating legend of Robin Hood.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 142 x 213 x 23mm | 431g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0312678363
  • 9780312678364
  • 931,398

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"This book makes everyone's favorite outlaw a lot more interesting; Outlaw is as fast-paced as a charging war-horse. Superb!" --Nelson Demille

"An old-fashioned romp... true to the Hood tradition." --The Times (UK)

"Angus Donald tells the story through the words of young Alan Dale, but this is a darker, more complex Robin then we tend to remember...A lively and enjoyable book." --The Daily Mail (UK)

"Donald's debut...aims to avoid the sentimentality of previos version of the Robin Hood legend...an exciting and credible historical thriller." --Morning Star (UK)

"A near perfect book. Gory, exciting, and an insightful interpretation of the Robin Hood mythology. Highly recommended." --The Bookbag (UK)
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About Angus Donald

Angus Donald was born in China in 1965 and educated at Marlborough College and Edinburgh University. He has worked as a fruit-picker in Greece, a waiter in New York and as an anthropologist studying magic and witchcraft in Indonesia. For the past 15 years, he has been a journalist in Hong Kong, India, Afghanistan and London.
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3,818 ratings
3.93 out of 5 stars
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4 39% (1,484)
3 23% (889)
2 5% (191)
1 2% (65)
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