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The Ruby in Her Navel Paperback – 14 November 2017

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  • Publisher : Anchor Books; Reprint edition (14 November 2017)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 416 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0525435255
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0525435259
  • Dimensions : 13.21 x 2.29 x 20.32 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.1 out of 5 stars 41 ratings

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"Remarkable. . . . Hugely entertaining. . . . This is a tale that engages the reader from the get-go." --Los Angeles Times

"Brilliantly realized. . . . Ambitious, meticulously researched." --The New York Times Book Review

"Cinematic, thriller-like. . . . Lends suspense right up to the final pages." --The Washington Post

"Unsworth sets out plots and the plots that undermine them with a rare join of head-splitting intricacy, taut suspense, and surreal images of foreboding." --The Boston Globe

"An exotic tale of love, intrigue, betrayal and revenge. . . . Unsworth writes beautifully." --The Seattle Times

"Unsworth succeed[s] triumphantly." --The Guardian (London)

"Part entertainment and part meditation on human venality, drawing moral anxiety and unwitting treachery out of 12th-century Sicily's turbulent inter-racial mistrust. . . . reinvigorates Unsworth's potent themes of violent domination, greed and prejudice straining at the fabric of society." --Financial Times

"The work of a novelist at the height of his powers. . . . Delicately intricate in its construction and psychology, morally resonant and hugely satisfying." --The Observer (London)

"Sparkles with apercus that seems familiar, a clash of religious identity that we quickly recognise and a lingering reflection on values, culture and historical roots that is at the heart of debate today. . . . Unsworth skillfully depicts the loyalties, religiosity and ideologies of a brittle age. . . . As vivid as The Name of the Rose and as accurate in the minutiae." --The Times (London)

"This subtle and gripping historical novel is a triumph from a master of the form: from faith to food, dancing to mosaics, his Sicily shines and sizzles." --The Independent (London)

"[A] beautifully constructed historical romance. . . . [Unsworth's] themes are universal, and their historical setting subtly enhances our understanding of them." --The Spectator (London)

"A very fine novel that twists and turns to reach a compelling climax." --The Scotsman

"Heartrending. . . . Unsworth's subtle prose conjures up an authentically realized medieval world . . . . Can be read either as an exceptional historical novel or a modern parable on the dangers of blind patriotism." --Booklist

"A richly imagined novel of the Middle Ages, filled with questions of race, God and fidelity. . . . Unsworth's luscious history is ripe territory for a dialogue on the ever-present struggle against intolerance, a seemingly inevitable human frailty." --Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Barry Unsworth was born in 1930 and grew up in a mining town in northeast England. Descended from a long line of coal miners, he was the first Unsworth to escape the mines. He attended Manchester University and published his first novel, The Partnership, in 1966. He is the author of seventeen books, including The Ruby in Her Navel, longlisted for the Booker Prize; Pascali's Island and Morality Play, both shortlisted for the Booker; and Sacred Hunger, co-winner of the Booker Prize. He died in 2012 at the age of eighty-one.

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Wynne Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and intelligent historical tale
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Caroline N
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent historical novel set in Norman Sicily
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