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Without Charity [Paperback]

Michelle Paver
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16 Mar 2000
Sarah is devastated when her lover Dominic betrays her, and to help her recovery she takes a job writing the history of an old manor house, once the home of her father’s ancestors, now owned by an American University. Here she becomes immersed in the poignant story of her family, and in particular of Robert, Lord Harlaston, who may have been her grandfather. Was he the callous seducer of an innocent village maiden, or was there some deeper, more passionate mystery in the story of Robert and Charity, Sarah’s grandmother, who was brought up in the shadow of Harlaston Manor? From present-day London to the misty Lincolnshire fens, from the battles of the Boer War to the rigid hierarchies of a small village in Edwardian times, this sweeping novel tells a breathtaking story of a family and its mysteries.


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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (16 Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552147524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552147521
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 10.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 542,108 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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A glorious novel of family secrets and forbidden love.

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Now was the time for him to leave. If he did not leave now, if he allowed her to catch sight of him, there would be no going back. She stood before the great stone horse, absorbed and unaware. She looked small and upright and brave. And easily hurt. He took in the slow sweep of her lashes as she traced the line of the horse's neck. The clarity of her profile. The warmth and tenderness of her mouth. All his careful reasoning collapsed about him. When Sarah first saw Harlaston Hall, its grandeur unnerved her. How could this great mansion have anything to do with her family, and in particular with her grandmother Charity? Reluctantly, Sarah had taken on the job of writing up the history of the hall, mainly so she could get away from London and the misery of her broken love affair. But as she became immersed in the poignant story of the house, and in particular of Robert, the last Lord Harlaston, it became vital that she uncovered the truth. From present-day London to the windswept Lincolnshire fens, from the battles of the Boer War to the rigid hierarchies of a small village in Edwardian times, this sweeping novel tells a breathtaking story of a family and its long-buried mysteries.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning debut 21 July 2002
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Format:Paperback
I discovered Michelle Paver when I was recommended her second novel 'A Place in the Hills'(which if you haven't read, you must. It is superb). I then wanted to read all her novels, and found 'Without Charity'. This first novel is about the relationship that develops between a rich man in a loveless marriage, and a poor but voraciously intelligent young woman. However, if you have fantasies about bodice-ripping and Lords of the Manor, you can put them to one side straightaway! This is a finely researched, satisfying, atmospheric read. The historical detail is excellent, and we have a present day setting which is as much of a mystery-thriller as it is about the discovery of love. The present-day heroine discovers her roots, her identity and her self-belief throughout the novel and the conclusion is incredibly satisfying for the reader. If you are looking for intelligence, historical atmosphere, passion and mystery, look no further. Ms Paver gives you it all. I am now impatiently waiting to read her 3rd novel, and will shut myself away to devour it when it arrives. A genuine talent. Thoroughly recommended.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT. 14 Aug 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I was a bit dubious about reading this book as I thought it might turn into a silly historical romance,ie Lord of the manor sweeps lowly village girl off her feet. Thankfully it was brilliant,I loved every page and couldn't bear to put it down.I wanted to find out what happened but paradoxically didn't want to finish it.The characters(both present and past) really drew you into their lives and although I only finished it five minutes ago I miss them already! It's so good to find an intelligent,interesting and entertaining 'saga' type novel for a change,instead of all those 'chick lit' books that we're bombarded with at the moment.I wish publishers would realise that not all women want to read about dieting,drinking and how to get a man but want something a bit more meaty to sink our teeth into!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful 1st Book 17 Jan 2004
Format:Paperback
I discovered this book by chance when looking for a 'good read' whilst I was spending a few days in hospital. What a wonderful first book. I can't wait to start the second one by Ms Paver. I have only one complaint though. At 80 years of age I am too old to learn French. There is quite a lot of conversation in this language near the end of the book, which peeved me because when Ms Paver was quoting Latin she put in the translation, which was a help. Other than this 'complaint' all I can say is that Ms Paver has a great talent. The book was enthralling and I have Emailed relatives abroad with a recommendation.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful, evocative story 24 Mar 2000
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Format:Paperback
A wonderful, evocative story which captures the Edwardian period beautifully. In the charachers of Charity and Robert, the author has created two rich charachers, so welll drawn that you become emersed in their story and wish for as happy an ending as possible. A slow start and slightly less belivable modern characters gives this novel four stars, but, believe me, its a story that will move you and stay with you long after you've finished the book
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