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Pure by Andrew Miller.. Historical novel full of pungent Paris diggery. Pure exhumation. And yes, it is also a novel of (stinky) ideas, set just before regal heads roll. You’ll delight.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Andrew Miller — the novelist, not the Red Sox relief pitcher — is another Hilary Mantel. Like her, he’s much less appreciated in this country than in his native England, where he has won several big literary prizes. And like Ms. Mantel, he writes historical novels that are not just pastiche or painstaking waxworks re-creations, but books that make the past seem oddly contemporary."

The New York Times

"Murder, rape, seduction and madness impel this elegant novel . . . Within this physical and political decay, Miller couches the heart of the matter: how to live one's life with personal integrity, with a purity not so much morally unblemished as unalloyed with the fads and opinions of society . . . Miller populates Baratte's quest for equanimity with lush and tart characters, seductively fleshed out, who collectively help to deliver the bittersweet resolution of his professional and personal travails."

The Independent

Author bio: Andrew Miller was born in Bristol in 1960. He has lived in Spain, Japan, Ireland and France, and currently lives in Somerset. His first novel, INGENIOUS PAIN, was published by Sceptre in 1997 and won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Grinzane Cavour prize in Italy. He has since written four novels: CASANOVA, OXYGEN, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award and the Booker Prize in 2001, THE OPTIMISTS, and ONE MORNING LIKE A BIRD. More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Fiction; (352 pp. Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions)

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