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Martha Peake

(2000)
A Novel of the Revolution
A novel by

 
 
Master storyteller Patrick McGrath--author of the critically acclaimed novel Asylum and a finalist for England's prestigious Whitbread Prize for fiction--once again spins a hypnotic tale of psychological suspense and haunting beauty. Set among the teeming streets and desolate wharves of Hogarth's London, then shifting to the powder-keg colony of Massachusetts Bay, Martha Peake envelops the reader in a world on the brink of revolution, and introduces us to a flame-haired heroine who will live in the imagination long after the last page is turned.Settled with our narrator beside a crackling fire, we hear of the poet and smuggler Harry Peake--how Harry lost his wife, Grace, in a tragic fire that left him horribly disfigured; how he made a living displaying his deformed spine in the alehouses of eighteenth-century London; and how his only solace was his devoted daughter, Martha, who inherited all of his fire but none of his passion for cheap gin. As the drink eats away at Harry's soul, it opens ancient wounds; when he commits one final act of unspeakable brutality, Martha, fearing for her life, must flee for the American colonies. Once safely on America's shores, Martha immerses herself in the passions of smoldering rebellion. But even in this land of new beginnings, she is unable to escape the past. Caught up in a web of betrayals, she redeems herself with one final, unforgettable act of courage.Superbly plotted and wholly absorbing, Martha Peake is an edge-of-your-seat shocker that is crafted with the psychological precision Patrick McGrath's fans have come to expect. A writer whose novels The New York Times Book Review has called both "mesmerizing" and "brilliant," McGrath applies his remarkable imaginative powers to a fresh and broad historical canvas. Martha Peake is the poignant, often disturbing tale of a child fighting free of a father's twisted love, and of the colonists' struggle to free themselves from a smothering homeland. It is Patrick McGrath's finest novel yet.

Genre: Historical

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Hardback Editions

September 2000 : USA Hardback
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Title: Martha Peake: A Novel of the Revolution
Author(s): Patrick McGrath
ISBN: 0-375-50081-2 / 978-0-375-50081-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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August 2000 : USA Hardback
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Title: Martha Peake
Author(s): Patrick McGrath
ISBN: 0-670-89128-2 / 978-0-670-89128-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking
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Paperback Editions

September 2003 : Paperback
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Title: Martha Peake: A42624
Author(s): Patrick McGrath
ISBN: 2070426246 / 978-2070426249
Publisher: Gallimard Education
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May 2002 : USA Paperback
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Title: Martha Peake: A Novel of the Revolution
Author(s): Patrick McGrath
ISBN: 0-375-70131-1 / 978-0-375-70131-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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July 2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: Martha Peake: A Novel of the Revolution
Author(s): Patrick McGrath
ISBN: 0-14-029139-3 / 978-0-14-029139-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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July 2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: Martha Peake: A Novel of the Revolution
Author(s): Patrick McGrath
ISBN: 0-14-100109-7 / 978-0-14-100109-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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September 2000 : USA Paperback

Title: Martha Peake
Author(s): Patrick McGRATH
ISBN: 0-670-89129-0 / 978-0-670-89129-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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Audio Editions

August 2018 : MP3 CD
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Title: Martha Peake
Author(s): Patrick McGrath
ISBN: 1-72131-388-5 / 978-1-72131-388-4
Publisher: Blackstone on Brilliance Audio
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June 2009 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Martha Peake: A Novel of the Revolution
Author(s): Patrick McGrath
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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July 2005 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Martha Peake
Author(s): Patrick McGrath
ISBN: 0-7927-3699-0 / 978-0-7927-3699-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chivers Sound Library
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July 2005 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Martha Peake: A Novel of the American Revolution
Author(s): Patrick McGrath
ISBN: 0-7927-3700-8 / 978-0-7927-3700-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Sound Library
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Kindle Editions

January 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Martha Peake: A Novel of the Revolution (Vintage Contemporaries)
Author(s): Patrick McGrath
Publisher: Vintage
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