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Savage Lands

(2010)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
It is 1704 and, while the Sun King Louis XIV rules France from the splendour of Versailles, Louisiana, the new and vast colony named in his honour, is home to fewer than two hundred souls. When a demand is sent requesting wives be dispatched for the struggling settlers, Elisabeth is among the twenty-three girls who set sail from France to be married to men of whom they know absolutely nothing. Educated and skeptical, Elisabeth has little hope for happiness in her new life. It is to her astonishment that she, alone among the brides, finds herself passionately in love with her new husband, Jean-Claude, a charismatic and ruthlessly ambitious soldier.

Auguste, a poor cabin boy from Rochefort, must also adjust to a startlingly unexpected future. Abandoned in a remote native village, he is charged by the colony's governor with mastering the tribe's strange language while reporting back on their activities. It is there that he is befriended by Elisabeth's husband as he begins the slow process of assimilation back into life among the French.

The love Elisabeth and Auguste share for Jean-Claude changes both of their lives irrevocably. When in time he betrays them both, they find themselves bound together in ways they never anticipated.

With the same compelling prose and vividly realized characters that won her widespread acclaim for THE GREAT STINK and THE NATURE OF MONSTERS, Clare Clark takes us deep into the heart of colonial French Louisiana.

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"Vigorous and intense, energetic and absorbing... An extraordinary feat of imagination." - Hilary Mantel


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March 2011 : UK Hardback
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Title: Savage Lands
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February 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: Savage Lands
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ISBN: 0-15-101473-6 / 978-0-15-101473-6 (USA edition)
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Title: Savage Lands
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October 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: Savage Lands
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ISBN: 0-547-38643-5 / 978-0-547-38643-0 (USA edition)
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Title: Savage Lands
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ISBN: 1-84655-351-2 / 978-1-84655-351-6 (UK edition)
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Title: Savage Lands
Author(s): Clare Clark
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February 2011 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Savage Lands
Author(s): Clare Clark
ISBN: 1-4074-7170-8 / 978-1-4074-7170-9 (UK edition)
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2011 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Savage Lands (Unabridged Audio CDs)
Author(s): Clare Clark
ISBN: 1-4618-0345-4 / 978-1-4618-0345-4 (USA edition)
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Title: Savage Lands
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Title: Savage Lands
Author(s): Clare Clark
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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