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The Pursuit of William Abbey
The Pursuit of William Abbey | CLAIRE. NORTH
13 posts | 9 read | 1 reading | 11 to read
'I was cursed in Natal, in 1884. I stood by as a boy was beaten to death by a mob. His mother cursed us all by truth and by blood, but the shadow took to me, and we have been together since.' The Pursuit of William Abbey is the extraordinary story of an English doctor cursed by the mother of a dying boy. Exploring themes of colonialism and guilt, Claire North's moving, thought-provoking and utterly gripping new novel proves again that she is one of the most original and innovative voices in modern fiction. Praise for Claire North: 'An original and even dazzling writer' Kirkus 'North goes from strength to strength' Guardian 'A master of ingenious plotting and feats of imagination' Alex Marwood 'North's writing is terrific, smart and entertaining' Patrick Ness
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Creadnorthey
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Mehso-so

This is a jump into historical science fiction with the grand sweep of empires ending hanging as a backdrop to a chase that might have been better 100 pages shorter. Still engaging with some of the Claire North stylings that will have me seek her out again and again- kinda like her shadow.

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Lucy_Anywhere
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#TBRPile 📚 “The truth-speaker was tall as a stretcher, thin as a rifle.”

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bekakins
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Mehso-so

Meh. This failed to grip me... There were moments when I started to get into it, and then it would fall flat again.

Another one down in #bookspinbingo though! @TheAromaofBooks

And the bookmark felt appropriate!

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 4y
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Seshat
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'They say I‘m cursed.'

'Do you believe them?'

'Yes. I do.'

To my surprise, he smiled, and patted me on the back. 'You are absolutely correct, Dr Abbey. It is marvellous.'

He sprang back to his feet as if propelled by a catapult, slung his jacket over one arm and his shoes round his neck, and gave his fiercest battle cry: 'Now we drink iced beverages and celebrate.'

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scowler1
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Pickpick

A failed doctor is chased across the world by a terrible curse. Set just before the first world war, you know, the war to end all wars. Global politics, Spies, and the supernatural, it's actually quite believable. Good stuff.

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Cuilin
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To live in a state of truth to truly know the world as it is, rather than as you wish to perceive it, is frightening. Terrifying.

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Cuilin
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So I think I‘ll stay in and read!

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Cuilin
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Snow day! or I as I like to call it Read day! Yippee.

Cathythoughts Enjoy ! We never get real snow here , as you know. It‘s one thing I would love to have 👍🏻❤️ 4y
Cuilin @Cathythoughts rainy days are my other favorite days to read too. Lots of opportunities when I go home. 🇮🇪 4y
caittfin The right way to use a snow day. I have a similar plan today 📚 4y
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Cuilin
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Sunday afternoon reading, almond cake (gf and vegan, thank you darling daughter) and coffee.

rather_be_reading welcome back to litsy 📚☕📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 4y
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Cuilin
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My third read from this writer. My millennial author.

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AceOnRoam
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When you spend a week spreadsheeting for your 2020 reading plan, then go to the library and grab books that aren't on the plan. Also think I'm going to need more nougat than originally planned as well.

#readingonroam
#roadtrip

LeahBergen I love that you spent a week spreadsheeting. 😂😂 I‘m about to make myself a personalized bingo card for 2020 reading. 😂😂 #OnlyOnLitsy 4y
Redwritinghood Looks perfect to me. 👍🏻👍🏻 4y
squirrelbrain I know exactly how you feel! 🤷‍♀️ 4y
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AceOnRoam @LeahBergen glad to have so many here who understand and think I'm perfectly sane! Eager to see your bingo card when you're done 😊 4y
BarbaraBB That spreadsheeting is a highlight in my year. And the moment I am finally finished, everything changes 😂 4y
AceOnRoam @Redwritinghood such a great library I could have grabbed 30 more 😂 4y
AceOnRoam @squirrelbrain the never ending reading plan! 4y
AceOnRoam @BarbaraBB I may have to add a new sheet "Absolutely No Self Control Library Book Challenge" ? 4y
BarbaraBB Lol 😂 4y
LeahBergen Happy Birthday, friend! 😘😘 4y
AceOnRoam @LeahBergen aww, thanks so much 😘😍 4y
Liz_M My spreadsheet reading plan is enormous as I include all the possibilities. All 35 France 1001books for Readingeurope2020, for example. 😁 4y
Liz_M And with hundreds of books in my "plan" I still deviate ? 4y
AceOnRoam @Liz_M it's a bit out of control isn't it. I'm overwhelmed with the choices available. 4y
Rissreads I loved Tin man! ❤️ 4y
Rissreads @LeahBergen I‘d love to see your bingo card 😊 4y
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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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Pickpick

An intriguing story with an interesting premise. Combining historical fiction, suspense and a paranormal magical realism, I had a tough time putting this book down. While this book is quite depressing at times, showcasing the brutality of humanity and the many injustices in life, it really makes you think and feel. In stores tomorrow, 11/12/2019.

Thanks to #Goodreads and #OrbitBooks for a free eARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

JanuarieTimewalker13 Oh, this sounds like it‘s right up my alley!! I‘ve read TFLOHA and TSAOH, but I couldn‘t get into Touch. I will have to try this one!! 4y
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime @JanuarieTimewalker13 I've got TFLOHA on my tbr & my bookshelf in my room, hoping to get to it soon, I've heard great things 4y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Oh, I loved that book...so much!! I neglected to put it on my top books of the decade, but it def deserves a place there! 4y
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yvo_about_books
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My current view. 😻 Reading this one in preparation for my blog tour stop this Saturday! So far it's turning out to be an interesting mix of historical fiction and magical realism. 👍

#currentlyreading #arc #blogtour #netgalley #catsoflitsy

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