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We think of Voltaire as the epitome of the Enlightenment; in his own time he was also the most famous and controversial figure in Europe. Davidson tells the whole, rich story of his life (1694-1778) - his early imprisonment in the Bastille; exile in England and his mastery of English; an obsession with money, of which he made a huge…
Meanwhile Dolly, now married with a child, has to face the repercussions of the choices she once made and employ desperate measures to ensure her own survival and that of her loved ones, including her two elder brothers, now on opposing sides.
As Jack and Dolly's paths continually fail to cross, their fates remain nonetheless entwined in ways neither are aware of till both are ultimately faced with irrevocable and heartbreaking decisions, affecting not only themselves but an interlinked network of supporting characters. Their inner conflicts reflect the tumult all around them as an action-packed narrative shifts between London, Madrid, Estramadura, Andalucia and the Basque Country.
As Jack and Dolly learn to their cost, the first casualty of war is truth, but it is the truth they must both confront at the end of their painful journeys towards self-knowledge.
'Skillfully conjures up a dramatic slice of history, spicing it with delicious irony, romance, and sharp-witted, complex characters' - Publishers' Weekly.
Originally published by The Bodley Head and Pan, this edition follows recent e-republication of YESTERDAY, and BAPTISM OF FIRE by the same author.