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This novel is one of the finest attempts in English to convey something of two very strange places . A story of love and insurrection brilliantly tol. .Nicholas Shakespeare, Secrets of the Sea. Tha. nk you for reading books on GrayCity.

This novel is one of the finest attempts in English to convey something of two very strange places which no longer appear on the map of Europ. hakespeare has told a very skillful story. The Evening Standard.One of the best books about the continent written by an outsider. The Sunday Times (UK). A novel of action in the best tradition of Conrad and Green.

A breathtaking new tale from Nicholas Shakespeare, who The Times called 'One of our best and truest novelists'. Just a little difficult to follow the first few pages then one of the best stories I've read in a long time. The characters are complex, interesting and believable. See all Product description. The story builds and builds.

They include The Vision of Elena Silves, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, and The Dancer Upstairs, which was made into a film of the same name by John Malkovich. His nonfiction includes the critically acclaimed authorized biography of Bruce Chatwin. Shakespeare is married with two sons and lives in Oxford.

Nicholas Shakespeare. This novel explores one of the most astonishing stories in the whole history of twentieth century terrorism. Selected as a 2017 Book of the Year in the Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Observer and The Economist . London, early May 1940: Britain is under threat of invasion and Neville Chamberlain's government is about to fall. Colonel Rejas was the policeman charged with the task of capturing the Peruvian guerrilla leader Ezequiel, but having been dismissed he finds the burden of silence and secrecy too heavy.

Nicholas William Richmond Shakespeare FRSL (born 3 March 1957) is a British novelist and biographer, described by the Wall Street Journal as "one of the best English novelists of our time". Born in Worcester, England to diplomat John William Richmond Shakespeare and his wife Lalage Ann, daughter of the travel writer and journalist S. P. B. Mais, Shakespeare grew up in the Far East and in South America, including Brazil, where his father worked at the British Embassy between 1966 and 1969.

Nicholas William Richmond Shakespeare FRSL (born 3 March 1957) is a British novelist and biographer, described by the Wall Street Journal as one of the best . The Dancer Upstairs is a 1995 novel by Nicholas Shakespeare

Nicholas William Richmond Shakespeare FRSL (born 3 March 1957) is a British novelist and biographer, described by the Wall Street Journal as one of the best English novelists of our time. The Dancer Upstairs is a 1995 novel by Nicholas Shakespeare. It is based on the Maoist insurgency of the 1980s in Peru, and tells the story of Agustin Rejas, a police Lieutenant, hunting a terrorist based on Abimael Guzmán, leader of the Shining Path. In 2002 it was given a film adaptation under the same title.

Secrets of the Sea. Torn by tragedy from his early life on a remote farm in Tasmania, Alex Dove has returned years later to start over. A chance encounter with quiet, alluring Merridy Bowman-a young woman similarly haunted by a tangled and catastrophic history-results in marriage, as two damaged souls unite to build a home, family, and livelihood far removed from civilization's bustle.

Secrets of the Sea: A Novel. by Nicholas Shakespeare. Secrets of the Sea - Nicholas Shakespeare. PART I. Wellington Point, February–May 1988.

Nicholas Shakespeare follows up his travel book In Tasmania with this slow-moving novel, set in one of the island's coastal communities.

Torn by tragedy from his early life on a remote farm in Tasmania, Alex Dove has returned years later to start over. A chance encounter with quiet, alluring Merridy Bowman—a young woman similarly haunted by a tangled and catastrophic history—results in marriage, as two damaged souls unite to build a home, family, and livelihood far removed from civilization's bustle. Soon they are drawn into the unpredictable dynamics of small-town island life—and into the destructive orbit of an unscrupulous real estate agent who maintains a secret hold over both Doves. But when a shipwreck off the shore thrusts a troubled, possibly criminal teenage castaway into their world, Alex and Merridy's tenuously forged happiness is suddenly at grave risk, as they are forced to confront deeper questions about the true meaning of fulfillment.


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Nidora
Just a little difficult to follow the first few pages then one of the best stories I've read in a long time. The characters are complex, interesting and believable. The story builds and builds. Just a great read. I've all ready bought it for 2 other friends. Highly rec this novel. May be better than " The Dancer Upstairs".
Brakora
I loved this book. He writes like a native Australian. Insightful and moving. It was all tied together despite the story taking so many different directions. I will be reading more Nicholas Shakespeare.
Agrainel
(4.5 stars) Set on the remote southeast coast of Tasmania, the isolated island at the southernmost tip of Australia, Nicholas Shakespeare's latest novel examines the lives of Alex and Merridy Dove as they try to create satisfying lives, cope with traumatic childhood memories, and ultimately decide that "[We'd] better start living. We're dead an awfully long time." Wellington Point, the fictional town in which they live on Tasmania's southeast coast, faces Oyster Bay, a battered shoreline open to ferocious gales coming from the nearest land mass to the south--Antarctica--a place where only the hardiest and most independent souls manage to wrest a living from the land or the sea.

Alex and Merridy Dove have both faced tragedy. Alex lost both of his parents when he was only eleven, after which he was sent to England. Returning twelve years later, he meets and falls in love with Merridy, whose much-adored brother vanished when he was seven and she was five. Though she does not love Alex when they are married, she believes that she will learn to love him, and they look forward to having a family and living on the farm.

Shakespeare, who lives in Tasmania for four months a year, creates a vibrant picture of life at Wellington Point, and of the connections the inhabitants forge with each other and with the land and the sea. Moving back and forth in time, the novel provides the individual backgrounds of all the characters, their courtships and love affairs, their hopes for the future, and their personal interests. As Alex, the realist-farmer, and his wife, the believer in dreams, await the arrival of children who do not arrive, their lives and their marriage are tested.

The leisurely pace of this seemingly domestic novel quickens with the arrival of Kish, a teenage orphan whom Alex and Merridy rescue from a ferocious storm. Kish is part of a program to give young boys in trouble a chance to learn from their experiences on a three-month sail around the island. Merridy and Alex give Kish a place to stay and a job, each of them trying to force Kish into their memories of the past and their dreams for the future. Ultimately, all three of them feel betrayed.

The novel, which has been rooted in reality for about three quarters of its length, changes dramatically with the arrival of Kish, as various characters begin to experience illusions and see ghosts of the past. The line between reality and fantasy blurs and is complicated by the characters' failure to communicate, so that they often misinterpret what they "see." The surges of the sea sometimes parallel the characters' surges of passion, and the sea's "melancholy, long, withdrawing roar" is sometimes matched by the characters' separations, emotional and physical. Ultimately, all the loose ends get tied up, but this is sometimes done on the basis of coincidence, and the gothic change from pure realism to a mixture of realism and fantasy may annoy some readers. The characters are sympathetically drawn, however, and the reader who loves intimate family sagas and depictions of unusual places will be captivated by this unusual and well-written novel. n Mary Whipple

Snowleg
The Dancer Upstairs: A Novel
In Tasmania
Efmprof
The small Town small island is wonderfully evoked by Nicholas Shakespeare by using snippets from the local storekeepers news letters and the whole book gives you a feel of being part of this Tasmanian community.
The story is a gentle tale of life in Wellington Point;Alex Dove's return to his parents farm, his marriage to Merridy and the life they build together with the help of an Oyster farm.
The book engages and holds your interest without ever challenging although it does have the faintest hint of Patrick White about it in the way it portrays the life and lives of the community it is set.
A pleasant book to read.
Secrets of the Sea: A Novel download epub
Genre Fiction
Author: Nicholas Shakespeare
ISBN: 0061474703
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Ecco; 1 edition (June 24, 2008)
Pages: 402 pages