Now We Shall Be Entirely Free: The Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year 2019

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Now We Shall Be Entirely Free: The Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year 2019

Now We Shall Be Entirely Free: The Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year 2019

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I enjoyed every line, every word of this novel set in 1809 about a soldier, John Lacroix, who has become a deserter. The linear design of the novel gives it a lot of forward momentum, but not so much that you want to rush through Miller’s wonderful prose, which is resonant without ever being florid or overly ornamental.

Lacroix makes plans to bolt to the islands of Scotland, where we suppose he will find a salve for his torment, or simply somewhere to hide. It's not an entirely plausible premise but it creates all the tension that fizzes through this gorgeously sensual novel. His second novel, CASANOVA, was published in 1998, followed by OXYGEN, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award and the Booker Prize in 2001, and THE OPTIMISTS, published in 2005. It has been followed by Casanova , Oxygen , which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award in 2001, The Optimists , One Morning Like a Bird , Pure , which won the Costa Book of the Year Award 2011, The Crossing , Now We Shall Be Entirely Free and The Slowworm's Song . What makes other times and places recognisable and relevant is the similarity to us of the people who inhabit them.He remembers 9-year-old Lizzie Bentley, from Southwark, who one day caught her hand in a belt and had her arm ripped off at the shoulder. Now We Shall Be Entirely Free , a high grade cat-and-mouse manhunt that covers the length of Britain during the Napoleonic Wars - a sort of The 39 Steps with added malice - is pitch-perfect. A well written mixture of historical novel, adventure story and romance set during the Napoleonic wars, that may have been written with at least half an eye to a possible film adaptation.

This is partly owing to the character of Lacroix, which never develops as fully as it promises to, with the result that we spend a lot of time inside a life that has an insufficiently detailed interior. A sense of menace permeates the novel and there is a perfectly odious villain, but Miller does offset this with some lightness and humor mixed into his tale. Much of the book alternates, in thriller-like fashion, between these hunters and their fugitive, who a couple of times unknowingly come within inches of one another. My first book by this author whose previous books have won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, Costa/Whitbread Prize and IMPAC Dublin Literary award and been shortlisted for the Booker prize– I was drawn to this book by a review in the Guardian which stated “the fact it’s not made this year’s Man Booker longlist is already something of a travesty”.The idea that honour, or integrity were sustained in the face of brutal killing and rampage was dismantled in Clausewitz’s book. I purchased this novel just after it had been published and for reasons unknown it was left on the shelf for too long! The yellow and the white, the gold and the red, so that he seemed to be looking across a field of small lights afloat on the shallow water of morning shadow. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. It won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Grinzane Cavour Prize for the best foreign novel published in Italy.

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