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"Wilberforce will draw you in to its world of adolescent bullying, violence, and longing from the first page of this subtle, remarkably authentic, and vivid reconstruction of time and place."
Sheila Kohler

"In this riveting and playful novel by H. S. Cross, mental warfare rules among friends and enemies at a boarding school, making for delicious complications and twisted loyalties."
Timothy Schaffert

At St. Stephen's Academy, the students are on the verge of revolt. While the younger boys plot an insurrection, the older ones are preoccupied with sneaking out-of-bounds, thrashing each other, tearing each other's clothes off-or some combination of the three. Morgan Wilberforce, for one, can't take it any longer.

Everything Wilberforce touches turns to disaster in his desperate attempts to fight off desire, boredom, and angst. He knocks himself unconscious tackling the unattainable Spaulding on the rugby pitch, his headmaster detests him for crimes committed years ago, and even his closest friends are subjecting him to physical tortures normally reserved for juniors. When an accident at the boarding school leaves him with more suffering than he could have fathomed, he finds himself alone and adrift. And the workaday charms of cricket practice, Victorian pornography, canings from classmates, and fumbling with the pub-keeper's daughter can only do so much to mend a broken body and a restless heart.

Stylishly inventive, H. S. Cross has crafted an imaginative, ritualistic world of men and boys narrowly confined by tradition and authority. Wilberforce is an indelible portrait of a young man caught between lust and cruelty, grief and God, frustrated love and abject longing-and a tour de force that heralds the arrival of a brilliant new novelist.

Genre: Literary Fiction
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Hardback Editions

September 2015 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Wilberforce
Author(s): S , H Cross
ISBN: 0-374-29010-5 / 978-0-374-29010-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Paperback Editions

January 2017 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Wilberforce: A Novel
Author(s): H S Cross
ISBN: 1-250-09713-4 / 978-1-250-09713-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Audio Editions

January 2017 : MP3 CD
thumbTitle: Wilberforce: A Novel
Author(s): H S Cross
ISBN: 1-5318-7748-6 / 978-1-5318-7748-4
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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September 2015 : MP3 CD
thumbTitle: Wilberforce
Author(s): H S Cross
ISBN: 1-5113-0937-7 / 978-1-5113-0937-0
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance
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Kindle Editions

September 2015 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Wilberforce: A Novel
Author(s): H S Cross
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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