The Warlow Experiment

The Warlow Experiment

Alix Nathan

Historical Fiction / Children's / Short Stories

An utterly transporting and original historical novel about an eighteenth-century experiment in personal isolation that yields unexpected—and deeply, shatteringly human—results."The best kind of historical fiction. Alix Nathan is an original, with a virtuoso touch." —Hilary Mantel Herbert Powyss lives in an estate in the Welsh Marches, with enough time and income to pursue a gentleman's fashionable investigations and experiments in botany. But he longs to make his mark in the field of science—something consequential enough to present to the Royal Society in London. He hits on a radical experiment in isolation: For seven years a subject will inhabit three rooms in the basement of the manor house, fitted out with rugs, books, paintings, and even a chamber organ. Meals will arrive thrice daily via a dumbwaiter. The solitude will be totally unrelieved by any social contact whatsoever; the subject will keep a diary of his...
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The Flight of Sarah Battle

The Flight of Sarah Battle

Alix Nathan

Historical Fiction / Children's / Short Stories

Born in her father's coffee house in Change Alley, London, Sarah Battle is raised in an atmosphere of coffee, alcohol and intrigue. After witnessing the destruction and chaos of the Gordon Riots, she longs to escape her surroundings for a better life but is trapped in a marriage to James Wintrige, a member of the Corresponding Society but also a government spy.She meets the radical thinker, printer and bookseller Thomas Cranch who offers her an escape to the New World. Sarah finds solace in her new love and the thriving, democratic world of Philadelphia. But fate may yet deliver her back to London. She has never secured a divorce from her husband and the Change Alley coffee house is still hers.The Flight of Sarah Battle is set in the turbulent last decade of the eighteenth century in a London where riot constantly rumbles and Bartholomew Fair entertains, and against the promises and excitement of Philadelphia, where new building, hope and a democracy not...
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His Last Fire

His Last Fire

Alix Nathan

Historical Fiction / Children's / Short Stories

His Last Fire is historical fiction with a contemporary feel, meticulously researched, bursting with a rich and arcane vocabulary, and written in an engaging present. A stunning new voice emerges with these strange and gem-like stories that are a riot through the revolutionary alehouses, printshops, and pleasure-houses of late-18th-century London. Meet Jack Cockshutt, arsonist by trade, returning to rescue his victims and profit from their relief, finding the woman who just might save him. Meet the beauty who castigates her customers with passages from Paine's Rights of Man; the boy who raises the tricolor on the White Tower; the famous comic actor with his self- destructive craving for eel pies; and the laborer contracted to spend seven years locked up beneath a dilettante's country house. Meet Lappish women. Glimpse the picnic party of the Ottoman ambassador.
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