Land of Marvels
1914, and an English archaeologist called Somerville is fulfilling a lifelong dream: to direct an excavation in the desert of Mesopotamia. Yet forces beyond his control threaten his work. The Great War is looming, and various interest groups are vying for control over the land and its many prizes. And Somerville, whose intention is purely to discover and preserve the land's ancient treasures finds his idealism sorely tested. Naked ambition, treachery, and greed are at play, in a thrilling adventure from the master of the historical novel.
Booker-Prize winner Barry Unsworth returns with his finest book to date
Barry Unsworth was born in 1930 in Durham, and now lives in Italy. He is the author of many novels, including Pascali's Island, which was shortlisted for the 1980 Booker Prize; Stone Virgin (1985); Sacred Hunger, which was joint winner of the 1992 Booker Prize; Morality Play, which was shortlisted for the 1995 Booker Prize, Losing Nelson (1999); The Songs of the Kings (2002) and The Ruby in Her Navel (2006).