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Mrs. Engels

(2015)
A novel by

 
Awards
desmond elliott prize Best Book (nominee)

"Lizzie Burns is a magnificent creation, worthy of comparison to Joyce's Molly Bloom or Beckett's Winnie."
Rebecca Stott


In September 1870 a train leaves Manchester bound for London. Onboard is Lizzie Burns, a poor worker from the Irish slums who is embarking on the journey that will change her forever.

Sitting in the first-class carriage beside her lover, the wealthy mill owner Frederick Engels, the vision of a life of peace and comfort takes shape before her eyes: finally, at nearly 50, she is to be the lady of a house and the wife to a man. Perhaps now she can put the difficulties of the past behind her, and be happy.

In Gavin McCrea's stunning debut novel, we follow Lizzie as the promise of an easy existence in the capital slips from her view and as she gains, in its place, a profound understanding of herself and of the world.

While Frederick and his friend, Karl Marx, try to spur revolution among the working classes, Lizzie is compelled to undertake a revolution of another kind: of the heart and the soul.

Haunted by her first love (a revolutionary Irishman); burdened by a sense of duty to right past mistakes; and torn between a desire for independence and the pragmatic need to be taken care of, Lizzie learns, as she says, that the world doesn't happen how you think it will. The secret is to soften to it and to take its blows.

Wry, astute and often hilarious, Lizzie is as compelling and charismatic a figure as ever walked the streets of Victorian England or its novels. In giving her renewed life, Gavin McCrea earns his place in the pantheon of great debut novelists.

 
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Used availability for Gavin McCrea's Mrs. Engels


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Hardback Editions

May 2015 : Australia Hardback
thumbTitle: Mrs Engels
Author(s): Gavin McCrea
ISBN: 1-922247-95-2 / 978-1-922247-95-7 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

January 2016 : Australia Paperback
thumbTitle: Mrs Engels
Author(s): Gavin McCrea
ISBN: 1-925228-22-3 / 978-1-925228-22-9 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Scribe UK
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

October 2015 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Mrs. Engels: A Novel
Author(s): Gavin McCrea
ISBN: 1-936787-29-6 / 978-1-936787-29-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Catapult
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

May 2015 : Australia Paperback
thumbTitle: Mrs Engels
Author(s): Gavin McCrea
ISBN: 1-925228-26-6 / 978-1-925228-26-7 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

August 2016 : MP3 CD
thumbTitle: Mrs Engels
Author(s): Gavin McCrea
ISBN: 1-5318-1413-1 / 978-1-5318-1413-7
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

October 2015 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Mrs Engels
Author(s): Gavin McCrea
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

August 2015 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: Mrs Engels
Author(s): Gavin McCrea
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

October 2015 : Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Mrs. Engels: A Novel
Author(s): Gavin McCrea
Publisher: Catapult
Availability: Amazon CA   

May 2015 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Mrs Engels
Author(s): Gavin McCrea
Publisher: Scribe
Availability: Amazon UK   


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