Islands of Mercy

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1865. In the city of Bath, a young woman renowned for her nursing skills is convinced that some other destiny will one day show itself to her. But when she finds herself torn between a dangerous affair with a female lover and the promise of a conventional marriage to an apparently respectable doctor, her desires begin to lead her towards a future she had never imagined. Meanwhile, in Borneo, an eccentric British ‘rajah’, Sir Ralph Savage, overflowing with philanthropy but compromised by his passions, sees his schemes relentlessly undermined by his own fragility, by man’s innate greed and by the invasive power of the forest itself. Jane’s quest for an altered life and Sir Ralph’s endeavours become locked together as the story journeys across the globe – from the confines of an English tearoom to the rainforests of a tropical island via the slums of Dublin and the transgressive fancy-dress boutiques of Paris.

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‘A hell of a read’ Sunday Times

‘Triumphant, and beautifully told…one of the best novelists writing today’ Sara Collins, Guardian


All must gamble with their fate. But not all can win…

In the city of Bath, in the year 1865 Jane Adeane, renowned for her restorative skills, is convinced that some other destiny will one day show itself to her.

But when she finds herself torn between a dangerous affair with a female lover and the promise of a conventional marriage to an apparently respectable doctor, her desires begin to lead her towards a future she had never imagined…

Discover the ultimate historical summer read.

‘Terrific’ The Times


‘One of our most accomplished novelists’ Observer


‘One of my favourite writers’ Nina Stibbe

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Weight 0.322 kg
Dimensions 19.7 × 12.7 × 2.9 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

453

Language

English

Edition

1st paperback ed

Dewey

823.914 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K