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The House of Special Purpose

The House of Special Purpose
 

A novel about a young man ripped from a loving home and thrust into the heart of a dying empire. Part love story, part historical epic, part tragedy, it moves from revolutionary St Petersburg to Paris after the First World War, and from London during the Blitz to the eastern coas... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780552775410
Barcode 9780552775410
Published 1 July 2010 by Transworld Publishers
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Boyne, John
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ISBN-13 9780552775410
ISBN-10 055277541X
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Transworld Publishers
Imprint Black Swan
Publication Date 1 July 2010
International Publication Date 15 April 2010
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Boyne, John
Category Fiction
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 496
Dimensions Width: 127mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 31mm
Weight 335g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Historical fiction, Russia - Court and courtiers, Russia - History - 1801-1917, Russians - England - London
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.92
Catalogue Code 92923

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It's Russia, 1915. At the age of 16, Georgy Jachmenev steps in front of an assassin's bullet intended for the heart of a senior member of the Russian Imperial Family. He is instantly proclaimed a hero. Before the week is out, his life as the son of a peasant farmer is changed forever when he is escorted to St Petersburg to take up his new position - as bodyguard to Alexei Romanov, the only son of Tsar Nicholas II. Sixty five years later, visiting his wife Zoya as she lies dying in a London hospital, memories of the life they have lived together flood his mind. Their marriage, while tender, has been marked by tragedy, the loss of loved ones, and experiences of exile that neither can forget. The House of Special Purpose is a novel about a young man ripped from a loving home and thrust into the heart of a dying empire. Privy to the secrets of Nicholas and Alexandra, the machinations of Rasputin and the events which led to the final collapse of the autocracy, Georgy is a witness and participant in a drama which will echo down the century. His is also a story of a marriage in which a husband finds it impossible to live in the present and a wife unable to reconcile herself with the past. Part love story, part historical epic, part tragedy, the novel moves from revolutionary St Petersburg to Paris after the First World War, and from London during the Blitz to the eastern coast of Finland during the 1980s, before returning to a quiet hospital bed where Georgy and Zoya's story must finally be resolved.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Boyne is a skilled storyteller...his novel is an exciting, fast-paced story...absorbing and richly satisfying. The Times John Boyne has a talent for bringing big historical events to life...Boyne has skilfully drawn a living, breathing character who not only witnessed one of the greatest events of the 20th century but also had his own part to play in how the dramatic tale unravels. Daily Express Boyne writes with consumnate ease, and is particularly good at drawing the indecently rich world of the pre-revolutionary Romanovs. Independent A wonderful, many-layered novel, written with thought and tenderness... mesmerising The Irish Examiner Boyne exercises total control over pace and revelation. A work that chimes perfectly with our times The Irish Times Painstakingly researched and the result is ornate and intricate. An engrossing read Irish Mail on Sunday

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Author's Bio

John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971 and is the author of six novels. The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas won two Irish Book Awards and the Penguin Orange Readers' Group Prize. It was shortlisted for the British Book Award and was made into a Miramax feature film. His novels are published in over 40 languages. He lives in Dublin. www.johnboyne.com

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