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Author: Andrew Miller
Publisher: London : Sceptre, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Miscellaneous fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Miller
ISBN: 9781444724257 1444724258 9781444724264 1444724266 9781609450670 1609450671
OCLC Number: 729332720
Awards: Costa Novel Award 2011 Winner.
Description: 346 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: On the cusp of the French Revolution, a young, ambitious engineer of humble origins is summoned to Versailles for a royal commission --
to clear the overflowing cemetery of Les Innocents in the heart of Paris. Convincing himself it is for the greater good and a way of clearing the burden of history, Jean-Baptiste Barratte sets about his unwelcome task. What he doesn't foresee are the dramas, violence and calamities it triggers, or that it will bring an unusual woman into his life. By the time the last bone has been removed, the transformation of Les Innocents has irrevocably changed him and his future.
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The author of the prize-winning, hugely acclaimed INGENIOUS PAIN returns to the 18th century with an enthralling tale set in pre-revolutionary Paris. The 2011 Costa Book of the Year.  Read more...

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Dazzling * Guardian * Superb * Literary Review * It draws you in with hallucinatory power * Daily Mail * Exquisite inside and out, PURE is a near-faultless thing * Sunday Telegraph * Enthralling ... Read more...

 
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