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Into Suez Hardcover – 22 Feb 2010

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Parthian Books; 1st Edition 1st Printing edition (22 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906998000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906998004
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,478,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Margaret Drabble writes in the Telegraph books for the summer feature Stevie Davies s Into Suez (Parthian, £11.99), which I ve just finished, is a bold and gripping novel on an important subject, with a beautifully handled double time frame, and some of Davies s best prose yet. She writes so well about childhood, landscape, class, British social attitudes and Arab realities. The careful research never intrudes and always rings true. Her characters are rounded in time, grounded in place. A very satisfying and moving book. The Telegraph --Margaret Drabble, The Telegraph

Davies writes with an intensity which is simultaneously disturbing and exhilarating; her prose has a marvellous lyricism whether she is describing the heat of Ismailia or the rain in Wales: Times Literary Supplement --Times Literary Supplement

Stevie Davies is one of our most consistent and continually undervalued writers whose unsentimental, quietly revelatory novels have cropped up on the Booker and Orange shortlists without ever quite converting to a major prize. Into Suez, her 11th novel, deserves to be the one that brings wider renown, as it presents the most fully realised fusion of her personal and political histories to date: Guardian Review An astonishing piece of writing, and writing a review is going to be like scrawling 77 per cent, well done at the bottom of a manuscript of A la recherche du temps perdu ... a rich, subtle, intricate novel, writing with a type of imaginative power that is capable of transporting the reader into a world that is at once very far away and still very close: Planet: the Welsh Internationalist --The Guardian Planet Welsh Internationalist

Alongside Jonathan Franzen's Freedom and Martin Amis' The Pregnant Widow, Stevie Davies' ambitious historical novel gained the accolade of one of the most exciting books of the year in the Guardian this week by author and journalist Margaret Drabble. She writes, Stevie Davies, in Into Suez (Parthian Books), tackles historical material in a novel that personalises the forces of imperialism and the British class system as it moves with ease from Egypt immediately after the second world war to the 21st century and back again. Davies has a fine eye for colour and place, and a keen recall of the sensations of childhood, and her characters are full of quirks and eccentricities while telling the story of a whole generation. the guardian --The Guardian parthianbooks.com

Stevie Davies is one of our most consistent and continually undervalued writers whose unsentimental, quietly revelatory novels have cropped up on the Booker and Orange shortlists without ever quite converting to a major prize. Into Suez, her 11th novel, deserves to be the one that brings wider renown, as it presents the most fully realised fusion of her personal and political histories to date: Guardian Review An astonishing piece of writing, and writing a review is going to be like scrawling 77 per cent, well done at the bottom of a manuscript of A la recherche du temps perdu ... a rich, subtle, intricate novel, writing with a type of imaginative power that is capable of transporting the reader into a world that is at once very far away and still very close: Planet: the Welsh Internationalist --The Guardian Planet Welsh Internationalist

About the Author

Stevie Davies was born in Swansea, Wales and spent a nomadic childhood in Egypt, Scotland and Germany. After studying at Manchester University, she went on to lecture there, returning to Swansea in 2001. She is Director of Creative Writing Swansea University. Stevie is both a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Fellow of the Welsh Academy.She writes for the Guardian and Independent newspapers. INTO SUEZ is her eleventh novel. Her first, BOY BLUE (1987) won the Fawcett Society Book Prize in 1989. CLOSING THE BOOK (1994) was longlisted for the Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Fawcett Society Book Prize. Her fifth novel, FOUR DREAMERS AND EMILY, described as 'poignant, funny and luminous' by Helen Dunmore, was published in 1996. THE WEB OF BELONGING (1997) was shortlisted for the Arts Council of Wales Book of the Year Prize and the Portico prize and dramatized for ITV by Alan Plater. Her next novel, IMPASSIONED CLAY (1999) was also shortlisted for the Arts Council of Wales Book of the Year Award. Her eighth novel, THE ELEMENT OF WATER (2001), was longlisted both for the Booker and the Orange Prizes and won the Arts Council of Wales Book of the Year Award for 2002; Stevie adapted it as a radio play for BBC Radio 4. Her ninth novel, KITH AND KIN was longlisted for the Orange Prize and the film rights have been bought. THE EYRIE was published in 2007, to great acclaim. Stevie has also written thirteen books of literary criticism and history including UNBRIDLED SPIRITS: WOMEN OF THE ENGLISH REVOLUTION (1998). A CENTURY OF TROUBLES: ENGLAND 1600-1700 (2001) accompanied the Channel 4 series of documentary films about the century.


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