To Ravensrigg

To Ravensrigg

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  • Hardback | 158 pages
  • 140 x 220mm
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Ill.
  • 0192713930
  • 9780192713933

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The wonder is how much story and implication Hester Burton packs into 142 fast-moving pages. England, on this occasion, is poised between prohibition of slaveholding at home (1772) and abolition of the overseas slave trade. But the ban is openly flouted, as Emmie Hesket learns in aiding the escape of a runaway; and - as she is to discover - those who profit from the trade will stop at nothing to protect it. Emmie, meanwhile, must determine who she is: daughter, certainly of the gentle mother, recently dead, whom she so much resembles; but if not the daughter also of taciturn, upstanding Captain Hesket, then of whom? And where is Ravensrigg, why does the Captain tell her, before going down with his foundering ship: "they must take you in"? Linking the personal and political drama is young Quaker abolitionist James Kendall, a quiet incendiary who inspires universal trust and, in fifteen-year-old Emmie, dawning love. So carefully etched are the subsidiary characters, too, that one is often thrown off the scent - curious, for instance, as to how a husband-hunting passenger will fare in Calcutta only paragraphs before the shipwreck. Since Time of Trial, Burton has come to distill a full-blown novel into a lean narrative that one can pause on, or slip through, as one will. There's a loss of internal development (as of the love between Emmie and James), but, presumably, a gain in readership in these impatient times. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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