The islands lay low an dark in the sea that had claimed the lives
of Adela Traherne's parents. Known to the islanders as the Island
Child, her life became inextricably linked with Augustus Walmer,
the Proprietor, in the summer of 1840 when a group of his friends
came to see how he was restoring the economy and well-being of his
people and the untamed beauty of the islands he owned. None of the
people who came together in that summer was ever to forget what
happened then, none of them was ever to break free from the islands
grip, and the destinies of Adela and Augustus seemed fated to be
forever linked.'Ambitious, imaginative . . . The Proprietor more
than a little resembles The French Lieutenant's Woman, with a dash
of Jamaica Inn and an occasional nod in the direction of The
Waves.' Anita Brookner, Harpers & Queen'Outstanding success . .
. elegant precision and feeling for period . . . attractive echoes
of Charlotte Bronte and Elizabeth Bowen.' Hermione Lee,
Observer'Rare and strange . . . rich in detail and steeped in the
author's sense of the period and place about which she writes, it
establishes Ann Schlee as one of the best novelists we have.' Susan
Hill'Rare and impressive . . . the kind of novel which makes the
prospect of a second reading a pleasure to be savoured.' Books and
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