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Terrific. Palliser is an author entirely unknown to me (I'm sorry to say) and this was a very welcome surprise. A bit of a random pick, this is a beautifully executed, evocative book. It is very atmospheric (and persuasive), the characterisation is first rate. Most of all, though, I applaud the plotting and wrap up/conclusion. So often books like this disappoint, the author either not knowing where they are going with their story or really unable to come up with a convincing resolution. As a result we are left often with tedious lazy literary ambiguity. Not so here.
Reviewers say his previous work The Quincunx is a masterpiece. A bit hefty at 800 pages but I will definitely have a go on the basis of this.