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Mr Peacock's Possessions

(2018)
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An intimate, intense and beautifully realised novel of possession, power and the liberating loss of innocence, this will delight fans of MISTER PIP and THE POISONWOOD BIBLE.

Oceania, 1879. For two years the Peacocks, a determined family of settlers, have struggled to make a remote volcanic island their home. At last, a ship appears. The six Pacific Islanders on board have travelled over eight hundred miles in search of new horizons.

Hopes are high, until a vulnerable boy vanishes.

In their search for the lost child, settlers and newcomers together uncover far more than they were looking for. The island's secrets force young Lizzie Peacock to question her deepest convictions, and slowly this tiny, fragile community begins to fracture . . .

'Intelligent, beautifully written'
The Times

'Historical fiction fans, meet your new favourite author'
Stella Magazine

'Beautifully written, immaculately researched and powerfully imagined'
Lancashire Evening Post

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"This tense, evocative, richly-imagined novel conjures the voices of a strange time and place, and makes them universal." - Emma Darwin

"Mr Peacock's Possessions is a wonderful book, full of drama, courage and aspirations. The language is rich and the characters so humanely drawn." - Carol Drinkwater

"With its chorus of vivid voices, Lydia Syson's novel reminds us why we consumed The Poisonwood Bible and The Underground Railway so avidly, but it has a (literally) breathtaking bravura and an intensity all of its own." - Michelle Lovric

"What a powerful, rich and fascinating book. Dark historical events are interwoven with the mystery of a missing child on a remote Pacific island in 1879. Highly compelling." - Anna Mazzola

"Dazzling . . . A vividly realised, compelling novel." - Linda Newbery

"As compelling, mysterious and haunting as the troubled tropical paradise it portrays . . . Syson doesn't just write about the past, she transports us there. A tour de force." - Piers Torday


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Hardback Editions

May 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: Mr Peacock's Possessions: THE TIMES Book of the Year
Author(s): Lydia Syson
ISBN: 1-78576-186-2 / 978-1-78576-186-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Zaffre
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Paperback Editions

March 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Mr Peacock's Possessions: THE TIMES Book of the Year
Author(s): Lydia Syson
ISBN: 1-4714-0369-6 / 978-1-4714-0369-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Zaffre
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May 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Mr Peacock's Possessions
Author(s): Lydia Syson
ISBN: 1-78576-488-8 / 978-1-78576-488-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Zaffre
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

May 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Mr Peacock's Possessions: THE TIMES Book of the Year
Author(s): Lydia Syson
Publisher: Zaffre
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU