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The Ruby in Her Navel

(2006)
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Awards
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel (nominee)
Set in the twelfth century against the backdrop of the Crusades and during the brief yet glittering rule of the Norman kings, THE RUBY IN HER NAVEL opens in a Sicilian society in which Latin and Greek, Arab and Jew lived together in harmony. The novel tells the story of how the war between Islam and Christendom impinges on the mind and heart of Thurstan Beauchamp, a young Norman and would-be Knight at the Court of King Roger in Palermo.

Known for his loyalty but divided between the ideals of chivalry and the harsh political realities of his tumultuous times, Thurstan is dispatched to uncover the conspiracies brewing against his king. During his journeys, he encounters the woman he loved as a youth, Lady Alicia, now returned a widow from the Holy Land; at the same time, he is gripped by the earthy sensuality of the dancer, Nesrin, whose troupe he brings to the Court to dance for the king. In a compelling tale of love, passion, intrigue, and treachery, Thurstan finds himself caught in a tangle of plots, counter-plots, and deceptions, which force him to question the nature of his ambition and the folly of uncritical reverence for authority.

With the exquisite prose and masterful narrative drive that have earned him widespread acclaim, Barry Unsworth transports the reader to a distant past filled with deception and mystery, and whose racial, tribal, and religious tensions are still with us today.

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October 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Ruby in Her Navel: A Novel of Love and Intrigue in the 12th Century
Author(s): Barry Unsworth
ISBN: 0-385-50963-4 / 978-0-385-50963-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
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September 2006 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Ruby in Her Navel
Author(s): Barry Unsworth
ISBN: 0-241-14220-2 / 978-0-241-14220-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd
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Paperback Editions

November 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Ruby in Her Navel
Author(s): Barry Unsworth
ISBN: 0-525-43525-5 / 978-0-525-43525-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
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October 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Ruby in Her Navel: A Novel
Author(s): Barry Unsworth
ISBN: 0-393-33082-6 / 978-0-393-33082-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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September 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Ruby in Her Navel
Author(s): Barry Unsworth
ISBN: 0-14-101276-5 / 978-0-14-101276-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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September 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Ruby in Her Navel
Author(s): Barry Unsworth
ISBN: 0-14-103264-2 / 978-0-14-103264-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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September 2006 : UK Paperback

Title: The Ruby in Her Navel
Author(s): Barry Unsworth
ISBN: 0-241-14221-0 / 978-0-241-14221-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
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Audio Editions

September 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Ruby in Her Navel
Author(s): Barry Unsworth
ISBN: 1-5318-6927-0 / 978-1-5318-6927-4
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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June 2007 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Ruby in Her Navel
Author(s): Barry Unsworth
Publisher: Audible Studios
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2007 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Ruby In Her Navel
Author(s): Barry Unsworth, Read by Andrew Sachs
ISBN: 1-4056-2422-1 / 978-1-4056-2422-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

February 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Ruby in Her Navel: A Novel of Love and Intrigue in the 12th Century
Author(s): Barry Unsworth
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
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