I picked this off the library shelf many years ago on spec as I normally read very little fiction - even fewer of the historical genre. But I was in for a treat on many levels - based on a true story and written by a master of language, with a powerful pull on the emotions - I was hooked and it stayed clearly in my memory. I have just bought a copy and reread it - after all these years it is still great story-telling and descriptive writing.
I'm just surprised is has not been adapted for the cinema. Now who would I cast in the leads.....?