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Unexploded: a novel by Alison MacLeod

Unexploded: a novel by Alison MacLeod

Author:  Alison MacLeod

ISBN:  9780241142639

Weight:  990g

Signed, lined, dated and located
first edition, first printing



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Unexploded – Alison MacLeod

May 1940.  On Park Crescent, Geoffrey and Evelyn Beaumont and their eight-year-old son, Philip, anxiously await news of the expected enemy landing on the beaches of Brighton.

It is a year of tension and change.  Geoffrey becomes Superintendent of the enemy alien camp at the far reaches of town, while Philip is gripped by the rumour that Hitler will make Brighton’s Royal Pavilion his English HQ.  As the rumours continue to fly and the days tick on, Evelyn struggles to fall in with the war effort and the constraints of her role in life, and her thoughts become tinged with a mounting, indefinable desperation.

Then she meets Otto Gottlieb, a ‘degenerate’ German-Jewish painter and prisoner in her husband’s internment camp.  As Europe crumbles, Evelyn’s and Otto’s mutual distrust slowly begins to change into something else, which will shatter the structures on which her life, her family and her community rest.  Love collides with fear, the power of art with the forces of war, and the lives of Evelyn, Otto and Geoffrey are changed irrevocably.

MacLeod’s range – spanning the movingly real to the mysteriously surreal – is excitingly, imaginatively realised and unified in awareness of the dark menace of love’s uncertainty


Bibliographic Data
Book Features
Edition / printing:First edition, first printing
Book features:Black boards with gold-coloured text on spine and white endpapers.
Overall condition:Fine / Very fine – some inconsequential pushing to spine ends.
Signed:Yes – on the title page
Lined:Yes – 'There is no invasion as fearful as love'
Dated:Yes – 18 Oct. 2013 [date of signing event at Lancaster Litfest]
Located:Yes – Lancaster
Book Stats
Publisher:Penguin Books
Imprint:Hamish Hamilton
Awards and prizes:Longlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize
Publication date:
Printed by:Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13:9780241142639
ISBN 10:0241142636
Format:Hardcover with dust jacket
H x W x D:240 x 159 x 33mm
Design Credits
Author photo:Kate MacLeod
Jacket image:Leonard McCombe / Picture Post / Getty Images

Collectors Notes

  • Unexploded was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013.

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