Pure
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Pure

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

Paris, 1785. A year of bone, of grave-dirt, relentless work. Of mummified corpses and chanting priests. A year of rape, suicide, sudden death. Of friendship too. Of desire. Of love… A year unlike any other he has lived.

Deep in the heart of Paris, its oldest cemetery is, by 1785, overflowing, tainting the very breath of those who live nearby. Into their midst comes Jean-Baptiste Baratte, a young provincial engineer charged by the king with demolishing it.

At first Baratte sees this as a chance to clear the burden of history, a fitting task for a modern man of reason. But before long, he begins to suspect that the destruction of the cemetery might be a prelude to his own.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Andrew
Miller

Andrew Miller, award-winning author of eight novels, was born in Bristol in 1960. He studied at Middlesex Polytechnic, University of East Anglia (with Malcolm Bradbury, Rose Tremain and Lorna Sage), and at Lancaster University where he completed his PhD under the supervision of Professor David Craig. He has been awarded The James Tait Black Memorial Prize, The Grinzane Cavour, The International IMPAC and the Costa Book of the Year. His most recent novel, Now We Shall Be Entirely Free, came out with Sceptre in August 2018.

Andrew Miller, award-winning author of eight novels, was born in Bristol in 1960. He studied at Middlesex Polytechnic, University of East Anglia (with Malcolm Bradbury, Rose Tremain and Lorna Sage), and at Lancaster University where he completed his PhD under the supervision of Professor David Craig. He has been awarded The James Tait Black Memorial Prize, The Grinzane Cavour, The International IMPAC and the Costa Book of the Year. His most recent novel, Now We Shall Be Entirely Free, came out with Sceptre in August 2018.

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NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

Pure brings Paris in 1785 to life, makes us feel like we were actually there. Very atmospheric, beautifully written and captivating.

Rooted in the stunning pre-revolutionary Paris of 1798, Pure is not just an historical novel with reference to the present, it is about the beauty of the ordinary and how to live one’s life with integrity. A charming and elegant novel.

Honed and unadorned prose, which vividly and without distracting artifice, illuminates the period while simultaneously being entertaining and thoughtful.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
09/06/2011
Author
Publisher
Sceptre

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