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Losing Nelson (Paperback, New ed): Barry Unsworth
Losing Nelson (Paperback, New ed): Barry Unsworth

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Losing Nelson (Paperback, New ed)

Barry Unsworth

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Obsession grows in darkness and silence; Unsworth's novel is the story of Charles Cleasby, an obsessive Nelson fan, who re-fights great naval battles on the billiard table in his London basement. His human feelings, like his model ships, are kept under lock and key. He is more aroused by the thought of Emma Hamilton than by any living woman. Gradually, Charles feels himself fuse with his hero, body and soul. In tracing his creepy story to its violent end in Naples, Unsworth not only unpicks the nature of delusion, but challenges us to take a fresh look at everything we think we know about Nelson. The author's evocation of both place and period is piquant and assured, his considerable research smoothly assimilated. His novel is layered and complex but gripping, and written with wit and polished ease. It asks intriguing questions about great men and their careers: how much is destiny, how much luck? Do heroes make their own luck? This is a book for anyone who fears they were taught only the history it was deemed safe to know. Review by HILARY MANTEL Editor's note: Hilary Mantel's novels include The Giant, O'Brien. (Kirkus UK)
In the basement of a large Victorian house in London, Charles Cleasby painstakingly re-enacts the great sea battles of his hero, Horatio Nelson. He is also writing a faithful biography of the great man, as a true English hero for an age without idols, a 'bright angel' to Charles's dark shadow. But as Charles's visiting typist Miss Lily begins to question Nelson's heroism, and as Charles unearths evidence which tarnishes the image of his icon, his own precarious sense of identity is undermined and the battle raging inside him: between darkness and light, reality and fantasy, threatens to overwhelm him ...


Imprint: Penguin Books
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: November 2001
First published: July 2006
Authors: Barry Unsworth
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - B-format
Pages: 320
Edition: New ed
ISBN-13: 978-0-14-026091-5
Barcode: 9780140260915
Categories: Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction > Modern fiction
LSN: 0-14-026091-9

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