- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2963 KB
- Print Length: 609 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (11 November 2011)
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005Z4QTVA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 564 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,349 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Wideacre (The Wideacre Trilogy, Book 1) Kindle Edition
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From the Back Cover
''I would not leave Wideacre. I would not surrender my place to Harry. If it was the way of the world that girls left home and sons inherited, then the world would have to change. I would never change.''
Wideacre Hall, set in the heart of the English countryside, is the ancestral home that Beatrice Lacey loves. But as a woman of the eighteenth century she has no right of inheritance. Corrupted by a world that mistreats women, she sets out to corrupt others. Sexual and wilful, she believes that the only way to achieve control over Wideacre is through a series of horrible crimes, and no-one escapes the consequences of her need to possess the land.
'the eighteenth-century woman is a neglected creature but, in the figure of her heroine, Philippa Gregory has defined a certain kind of wildness… This is a novel written from instinct, not out of a calculation, and it shows.'
PETER ACKROYD, 'The Times'
'For singlemindedness, tempestuousness, passion, amorality, sensuality and plain old-fashioned evil, [Beatrice Lacey] knocks Scarlett O'Hara into short cotton socks.'
Praise for Philippa Gregory:
“The eighteenth-century woman is a neglected creature but, in the figure of her heroine, Philippa Gregory has defined a certain kind of wildness…This is a novel written from instinct, not out of calculation, and it shows.’ Peter Ackroyd, The Times
‘For sheer pace and percussive drama it will take a lot of beating.’ Sunday Times
‘Gregory's research is impeccable which makes her imaginative fiction all the more convincing.’ Daily Mail
‘A story of violent love and unsettling passions. It will never let you rest for a page as you wait for the climax that must come for the people and the land.’ Maeve Binchy
‘Subtle and exciting.’ Daily Express--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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That said: if you have a strong stomach (and an adequately-plated mind) and aren’t so sensitive to how the words and the story play out... it is well-written, researched and acted. I hated Beatrice so much because she was so real and tangible. I loathed Harry because his weakness was palpable. This is bigger than popcorn, a million miles from chic lit. Although I’m not sure it’s literary fiction either, which was what I was after. Give me an A. S. Byatt or a Margaret Attwood every day.