Search Results: "Tim Unsworth"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 29, 1991

"Obviously not, but perhaps an endangered species—priestly vocations continue to decline—to which this volume serves as an unsystematic but sympathetic guide."
Interviews with 42 American Catholic priests who loosen their Roman collars and bare their souls. Read full book review >

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HERE COMES EVERYBODY! by Tim Unsworth
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 25, 1993

"Engaging, but of interest and appeal mainly to disaffected Catholics."
Well-told if slanted journalistic account of Catholicism, by a columnist for the National Catholic Reporter. Read full book review >

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CATHOLICS ON THE EDGE by Tim Unsworth
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

"Compelling, though it will probably appeal primarily to American Catholics who feel in some way abandoned by a Church that they will nonetheless not desert."
A warm and highly readable discussion of the uneasy relationship many American Catholics today have with their Church. Read full book review >

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BRIGHTWOOD by Tania Unsworth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Subtle and thought-provoking, the novel is entertaining and heartfelt as well as a gentle introduction to the world of mental illness. (Fiction. 9-12)"
An intriguing mix of fantasy, mystery, and mental illness. Read full book review >

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SACRED HUNGER by Barry Unsworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 22, 1992

"Intense in its elaboration of two vastly different visions of destiny and cause-and-effect, more steeped in history than Charles Johnson's Middle Passage: a riveting, outstanding addition to an already impressive oeuvre."
A masterful, thoroughly engrossing tale from acclaimed historical novelist Unsworth (Pascali's Island, 1980; Stone Virgin, 1986)—about the British slave trade in the mid-18th century and a shipboard mutiny from which arose a community based on racial equality. Read full book review >

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THE HIDE by Barry Unsworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"Ranging from scenes of farce to scenes of chilling cruelty, what emerges is a superbly nuanced view of human frailty beset by evil and adversity—a strong addition to the Unsworth oeuvre already available here."
An earlier work by Booker-winning Unsworth (Savage Hunger, 1992; Morality Play, 1995, etc.), now making its first appearance in the US: a brooding, quietly savage little tale of eccentricity, manipulation, and malevolence on an English country estate. Read full book review >

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THE ONE SAFE PLACE by Tania Unsworth
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 29, 2014

"A standout in the genre's crowded landscape. (Dystopian thriller. 10-16)"
A group of orphans uncovers a sinister plot in this chilling and engrossing tale filled with detailed, sharply drawn characters. Read full book review >

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THE PARTNERSHIP by Barry Unsworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Rich with lush language, but perilously lacking plot or tension."
A first US appearance for this 1966 debut novel by Booker Prize-winning Unsworth (Sacred Hunger, 1992), notable primarily for what it promises. Read full book review >

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AFTER HANNIBAL by Barry Unsworth
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1997

"But the exquisitely evoked Umbrian landscape that serves as backdrop for these petty squabbles and personal dramas is the real draw here."
Following his grim, medieval Morality Play (1995) with a more delicate modern work, Unsworth makes the most both of his Booker Prizewinning talents and the Italian countryside he now calls home to offer an homage to Umbria and a skewering of the motley multinational crew who've taken up residence there. Read full book review >

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LAND OF MARVELS by Barry Unsworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2009

"A transfixing melodrama alive with crackling suspense, sharply drawn characters, intense historical relevance and ideas in action. Absorbing and irresistible."
The Booker Prize-winning British author's latest novel is a tale of archaeological exploration and global political cross-purposes, set in the former Mesopotamia (now Iraq) in the immediate pre-war year of 1914. Read full book review >

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SUGAR AND RUM by Barry Unsworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"This certainly goes to show that what lurks in the head of a frustrated writer isn't pretty, but the quiet desperation and its surprising turns seem more a matter of skillful artifice than sublime storytelling."
A 1990 novel by Unsworth (After Hannibal, 1997, etc.) finally surfaces here, adding a distinctively quirky note to his Booker-winning Sacred Hunger (1992): here, an obsessive novelist overcomes writer's block by resolving the guilt he's carried since his closest friend died beside him in Italy during WWII. Read full book review >

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MORALITY PLAY by Barry Unsworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"With mood and setting crisplyand chillinglyevoked, favorable comparisons to The Name of the Rose are in order, though many characters here are slender rather than fully figured, so that what could have been a truly great novel is instead only very good. (Author tour)"
Bookerwinning Unsworth (Sacred Hunger, 1992) again brings his formidable talent to bear on English history, here in a brooding 14thcentury tale of itinerant players who are inexorably drawn into the dark maze of secrets behind a murderto their own peril. Read full book review >