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Michelle Paver
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14 May 2001

'And now like Pegasus I ride the stars,

I walk the spellbound moon.

The horse of darkness treads the sky

And I am with him…’

Antonia had become obsessed with a long-dead poet, Cassius. A soldier and lover, he had lived in the hills of Provence in Roman times where Antonia was now engaged in an archaeological dig. Her father was hoping to uncover a Roman villa, but Antonia had more romantic hopes – she longed to solve the riddle of Cassius, a secret contained in one of his poems. With her on the dig is Myles, her boyfriend from university days, and his fascinating friend Patrick –who also wants to uncover the mystery of Cassius’s riddle. When they find an unimaginable treasure in a remote hillside cave Patrick and Antonia also discover an electric attraction between them.

But tragedy strikes the dig, and Antonia and Patrick are parted. The treasure vanishes and it seems that the mystery will never be solved. Until many years later, when a wholly unexpected development means a new start.

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (14 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552147532
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552147538
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 424,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Malawi to a Belgian mother and a father who ran the tiny 'Nyasaland Times', Michelle Paver moved to the UK when she was three. She was brought up in Wimbledon and, following a Biochemistry Degree from Oxford, she became a partner in a big City law firm. She gave up the City to follow her long-held dream of becoming a writer. Successfully published as an adult author, the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness were her first books for children and her brilliant new series, Gods and Warriors, is just beginning . . .

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Love in the hills of Provence echoes a tragic love affair of long ago.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, evocative, memorable 21 July 2002
By A Customer
I chanced upon this book and am delighted that I did. Ms Paver weaves two parallel stories together, one set in present-day France on the site of an archaeological dig, one in ancient Rome. The sensual detail - sights, sounds, smells - is so acute that one lives the experience. I have rarely been so transported by a novel. It has a solid, intellectual quality that raises it high above the average historical novel, and a brutal passion which I haven't experienced since I read Emily Bronte. The characters of all ages and periods felt utterly real. Ms Paver is a rare and gifted writer who can combine accessibility with intelligence and fine, satisfying detail. I can't rate this highly enough. You will be taken to another place and you won't want to come back. Many more of the same, Ms Paver, Please!
My only criticism was the jacket, which I'm afraid does not reflect the quality of the content - had I seen this in a shop (rather than been passed it on recommendation) I probably wouldn't have bought it. I would have missed a treat. Why do publishers think intelligent fiction has to be packaged like a packet of sweets?? Trust the female buying public, please! I have now read Ms Paver's first novel too and judge her to be one of the most talented contemporary women's fiction writers currently writing in England. Please try her for yourself. She doesn't disappoint.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Thoroughly Absorbing Story - and a Joy to Read 24 July 2001
Michelle Paver has written an absorbing novel, with two storylines running parallel for the entire length of the novel. I literally read this in two sittings and even then, to the disgust of my children (and husband), was rude and impatient to anyone who dared to interrupt me whenever the book was in my hands.....a sure sign that I am completely hooked! Ms Paver writes with such depth of feeling and all her characters are well depicted. The story of Antonia and Patrick, which takes place mostly in the present day, was an emotional rollercoaster - although frustrating at the same time. As for that of Cassius and Tacita, set 2000 years in the past......well, suffice to say that this one had me in tears at the end and if I had any criticism at all - which I don't - then it would be my wish for the author to have explored their story with a little more depth as I found both their characters utterly compelling. This particular period in history, concerning the Romans, has always fascinated me and this book has made me even more determined to seek out other books which are set during this time. Believe me, I cannot praise this book enough. The words just seemed to flow off the pages and her style of writing was uncomplicated and so down-to-earth. I look forward to reading any future novels of Ms Paver - and also her first, "Without Charity", which I haven't read yet. I recommend anyone who enjoys a good story, with human emotions at its core, to read this book. You will not be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing! 5 Feb 2006
I only recently discovered Michelle Paver's writing through Wolf Brother and Spirit Walker. I'm an adult, but I loved those "children's" books. So, I was searching for more of her work, and I was thrilled to find A Place in the Hills, of course from a bookseller in the UK. I was just "blown away" by that book--absolutely could not put it down. I wish her work were more available and better known here. She is truly talented.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER GREAT BOOK FROM MICHELLE PAVER 25 July 2010
A Place in the Hills

This is a lovely story of love and loss, going between ancient Rome and modern day Pyrenees with a parallel evoked between the Roman lovers and the ones of today.

The descriptions of the scenery in the Pyrenees are stunning and you do, actually, feel as if you are there. Paver's characters, both Roman and modern are well rounded and very believable and the archaeological descriptions come over as knowledgeable. The only tiny criticism I have is that there is quite a lot of spoken French in the text towards the end of the book, which is NOT translated - I suppose I am lucky, I had a French grandmother, but for others who cannot decipher it, it must be a little disconcerting.

This is the second of Paver's books which I have read, as after reading Without Charity I knew that I had at last found another decent writer, so went on to obtain this one.

I highly recommend this book and hope she goes on to write more of the same quality. There is another due out in October 2010 called Dark Matter which I shall definitely be buying.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I enjoyed this book from first page until last. So many of the characters were both heartwarming and funny. Even the destructive Myles envoked your pity as he just couldn't help himself and poor little Modge almost broke my heart. I also liked the book dipping back into ancient Rome so that we could get to know Cassius and Tacita's story. Definitely a book I could not put down and I look foward to reading more Michelle Paver in the future
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captures Your Heart 4 Aug 2002
By A Customer
This book works its way into your system...and is her best book by far. You are so drawn into Antonia's life, and you are drawn to Patrick just like her. Michelle Paver truly shows you love at its best! If your into romantic novels then you'll love this...the history in the novel is superbly wrote...and also shows you how love was in the past, and how it was much harder than nowadays.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Michelle Paver fan
I looked forward to reading this book, and I was not disappointed .I thought the daughters of Eden Trilogy was fascinating, as was The chronicles of ancient darkness. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. B. Draper
5.0 out of 5 stars The real thing
This writer is the real thing. Magnificently talented. A fine prose stylist, and a wonderful ability to draw you into her created worlds.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Class-crossed romance in Ancient Rome and at the tail-end of the...
I first found Paver through her later, stunning, Polar set novel Dark Matter.

This earlier book is markedly different; effectively intercutting two love stories, one... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lady Fancifull
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good discovery
I have only just discovered Michelle Paver, a friend passed on Dark Matter and I devoured it in 3 days. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. J. Newsome
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant author
I heard Muchelle Paver being interviewed on the radio and decided to purchase one of her books. She sounded interesting being interviewed and her books are good. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Miss Ruth Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Throughly Recommended
I also love this novel which moves seamlessly between ancient Rome and the French Pyrenees two centuries later. Read more
Published on 19 Aug 2010 by Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Storytelling at its best - a real treat
This was one of those books that I couldn't put down and yet was sorry to finish. Ms Paver writes with tremendous pathos and I could really believe in her characters and relate to... Read more
Published on 13 Aug 2006 by KarenB
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