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Sophie & the Sibyl

(2015)
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In Berlin, Max Duncker and his brother, Wolfgang, own a thriving publishing business, which owes its success to one woman: the Sibyl, or Mary Ann Evans, better known as George Eliot,who is writing the final installment of her bestselling serial Middlemarch. Max is as fond of gambling and brothels as Wolfgang is of making a profit and berating his spendthrift brother, but Max is given a chance to prove his worth by visiting the Sibyl and her not-quite-husband Lewes, to finalize the publishing rights to her new novel. The Sibyl proves to be as enthralling and intelligent as her books, bewitching Max and all of those around her.

But Wolfgang has an ulterior motive for Max's visit; he wants his brother to consider the beautiful eighteen-year-old Countess Sophie von Hahn as a potential wife. An acquaintance from Max's childhood, she comes from a German family of great wealth. However, Sophie proves to be nothing like the angelic vision of domesticity Max envisaged; wild and willful, she gambles recklessly yet always wins, rides horses fiercely, and is happy to disobey authority, especially when it comes to her idol, George Eliot. Enchanted by this whirlwind of a woman, Max nevertheless fears he will never be able to tame her.

With its vivid portrayal of George Eliot and how she lived her life, and the turbulent love story of the countess and Max, Sophie and the Sibyl is both a compulsive read and a high literary achievement.

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Hardback Editions

August 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: Sophie and the Sibyl: A Victorian Romance
Author(s): Patricia Duncker
ISBN: 1-63286-064-3 / 978-1-63286-064-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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April 2015 : UK Hardback
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Title: Sophie and the Sibyl: A Victorian Romance
Author(s): Patricia Duncker
ISBN: 1-4088-6052-X / 978-1-4088-6052-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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Paperback Editions

April 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: Sophie and the Sibyl: A Victorian Romance
Author(s): Patricia Duncker
ISBN: 1-4088-6055-4 / 978-1-4088-6055-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
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July 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Sophie and the Sibyl: A Victorian Romance (Large Print Edition)
Author(s): Patricia Duncker
ISBN: 1-4712-9712-8 / 978-1-4712-9712-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Clipper Large Print
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April 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Sophie and the Sibyl: A Victorian Romance
Author(s): Patricia Duncker
ISBN: 1-4088-6053-8 / 978-1-4088-6053-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

April 2015 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Sophie and the Sibyl
Author(s): Patricia Duncker
ISBN: 1-4712-9265-7 / 978-1-4712-9265-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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April 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Sophie and the Sibyl
Author(s): Patricia Duncker
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon   


April 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Sophie and the Sibyl
Author(s): Patricia Duncker
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon CA   


April 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Sophie and the Sibyl
Author(s): Patricia Duncker
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

August 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Sophie and the Sibyl: A Victorian Romance
Author(s): Patricia Duncker
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


April 2015 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Sophie and the Sibyl: A Victorian Romance
Author(s): Patricia Duncker
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK