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A View of the Empire at Sunset
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Award-winning writer Caryl Phillips presents a beautiful, heart-breaking novel of the life of Jean Rhys, author of Wide Sargasso Sea

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Caryl Phillips is the author of numerous acclaimed works of fiction and non-fiction, including the novels Crossing the River (shortlisted for the Booker Prize 1993) and A Distant Shore (winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2004). Phillips has won the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the PEN Open Book Award and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, as well as being named the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year 1992 and one of the Granta Best of Young British Writers 1993. He has also written for television, radio, theatre and film.

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"Remarkable... The story of a troubled young woman trying to make her way in England during the early years of the twentieth century... A novel of acute psychological empathy and understanding" -- William Boyd * New York Times *
"A richly atmospheric tale with a bleak glimpse of the empire" -- Jeffrey Burke * Mail on Sunday *
"A View of the Empire at Sunset is a sympathetic and powerful portrait of an outcast...as well as a searing indictment of the empire" * Mail Online UK *
"[Phillips is] a lyrical, transporting stylist and his focus on Gwen's displacement has profound thematic resonance" -- Lucy Atkins * Sunday Times *
"A View of the Empire at Sunset quietly but powerfully articulates the social and global forces that shaped such a woman" -- Sophie Oliver * Times Literary Supplement *

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