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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (8 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393348237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393348231
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.5 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 314,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Palliser creates a deliciously gothic atmosphere, particularly in his descriptions of the landscape[...]" Stephanie Merritt, The Observer

"Palliser s hold on his narrative is enough to turn it into an exercise in pure form. As in a superior detective novel, character, scene and incidental detail fade away and all that remains is the thrill of the chase[...]" The Spectator

"a twisting, mesmerising story" The Times

"Palliser adds the modern pleasure of ambiguity to this rich and authentic confection of Gothic suspense." The Independent

"[Riddles are ultimately, satisfyingly unraveled and a darker reality about genteel Victorian society revealed than novelists of that era ever dared imagine." --The Daily Mail

"Palliser adds the modern pleasure of ambiguity to this rich and authentic confection of Gothic suspense." --The Independent

"Palliser s hold on his narrative is enough to turn it into an exercise in pure form. As in a superior detective novel, character, scene and incidental detail fade away and all that remains is the thrill of the chase[...]" ----The Spectator

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Charles Palliser's work has been hailed as "so compulsively absorbing that reality disappears" (New York Times). Since his extraordinary debut, The Quincunx, his works have sold over one million copies worldwide. With his new novel, Rustication, he returns to the town of Thurchester, which he evoked so hauntingly in The Unburied.
It is winter 1863, and Richard Shenstone, aged seventeen, has been sent down-"rusticated"-from Cambridge under a cloud of suspicion. Addicted to opium and tormented by sexual desire, he finds temporary refuge in a dilapidated old mansion on the southern English coast inhabited by his newly impoverished mother and his sister, Effie. Soon, graphic and threatening letters begin to circulate among his neighbors, and Richard finds himself the leading suspect in a series of crimes and misdemeanors ranging from vivisection to murder.

Atmospheric, lurid, and brilliantly executed, Rustication confirms Palliser's reputation as "our leading contemporary Victorian novelist" (Guardian).
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