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Horatio and Fanny Nelson live, poor but happy, in his father’s damp parsonage in Norfolk.
The French Revolutionary Wars have begun, and as fighting intensifies, Horatio is recalled to sea.
As the years pass and the war rages on, Horatio Nelson becomes a lauded hero, while Fanny loyally manages their affairs back in England. But Horatio’s success in battle has changed him – he’s proud, arrogant, bitter. How can a woman like Fanny, self-reliant but bound by 18th century attitudes, face down the Navy’s superstar without losing everything?
A compelling exploration of duty in all its forms, Nelson’s Folly is a sweeping, historically rich novel based on the true story of Horatio and Fanny Nelson and their lives together – and apart.
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"Ruthless in battle, Nelson was ruthless to friends and family. Strongly recommended. Even for Nelson fans."
John Gilbert - The Naval Review
Nelson's Folly is a compelling, vividly portrayed tale that is well grounded in a sense of the changing times, yet also nicely rooted in memorable characters. Historical novel and political history readers, as well as general-interest readers who enjoy stories of British society in 18th century England, will find it an accessible, thoroughly involving saga rich in psychological, political, and social inspection."
Diane Donovan - Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review, USA.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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Nelson remains a towering figure in British and world history – the leader who challenged and defeated Napoleon’s forces on land and sea; the admiral who crushed his ambitions in Egypt, the “Immortal Memory” toasted by two centuries of Royal Navy officers; a man for whose death his sailors wept. Yet, despite his many successes, helped by his undoubted courage and a dose of good luck, Nelson was often reckless, antagonistic to colleagues, and sometimes lacking in good judgment. His many victories helped ensure the global hegemony of the Royal Navy, which led to the Pax Britannica, a century of peace in Europe. Ruthless in battle; Nelson could also be ruthless to friends and family, as seen in his treatment of Fanny, and of his stepson, Josiah Nisbet, who served alongside him for five years and who had saved his life at Santa Cruz.
Despite her historically low profile, Fanny Nelson was a power behind the scenes. On her own for much of the marriage whilst Nelson was at sea, she nevertheless managed his business affairs, working quietly and tirelessly on his behalf with her friends and family in royal and political circles to advance his interests. Her friendships with powerful families and with the King helped smooth Nelson’s path and advance his career, despite his remarkable ability to make powerful enemies. She did not deserve Nelson’s coldness and contempt towards her; she does not deserve history’s (or his story’s) neglect of her story. In a time of MeToo, this novel helps set the story aright.
First-time author Oliver Greeves is a descendant of Fanny and the great-great-grandson of Josiah Nisbet; he unsurprisingly and unashamedly takes Fanny’s side yet remains sympathetic to Nelson’s humanity and brilliance. This is a lightly fictionalised account of Nelson, of Fanny, and of Josiah, and of the cast of notable and minor historic figures that surrounded them. The battles rate brief accounts, but this is not, primarily a novel of war – rather, it is a compelling account of people and relationships, of individuals whose names we may know, but whose lives have, until now, been largely two-dimensional. Greeves brings them brilliantly to life. I particularly enjoyed his description of Josiah Nisbet, a competent and experienced officer, promoted early thanks to his stepfather’s influence, then harshly dealt with by Nelson. He and his mother Fanny come alive, as real people, but not without their own flaws, either.
Do not be put off by the title; “Nelson’s Folly”. Nelson was brilliant, and cruel, and could be foolish too; he was a flawed genius, not a saint. History is written by, and of, the victors, but the victims and those behind the scenes deserve a voice too, and Oliver Greeves here gives them one. Strongly recommended. Even for Nelson fans.