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BIC Subject: Historical romance
 
Published: 15-Apr-2018
Format: Hardback, 384 pages, 0x0mm
ISBN: 9780701183196
Stock Code: 1183196
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I am an engineer and a measured man of the world. I prefer to weigh everything in the balance, to calculate and to plan. Yet my own heart is going faster than I can now measure.

In 1649 Dutch engineer Jan Brunt arrives in Ely to begin the great endeavour of levelling and draining the Fens. His life and work are bound by order, measurement and science. England is in the throes of Civil War and Cromwell's troops are amassing, yet the real danger for him is water and the many labyrinthine channels that encompass the Great Level. Then one day lost on the level he spies a Fenswoman and everything he thought he knew starts to unravel.

Many years later, now a distinguished gentleman in Nieuw Amsterdam in the bustling hubbub of the New World, Jan receives a note, unsigned.

Rich with the language of seventeenth-century endeavour, The Great Level is a lush portrait of the contradictory forces of order and passion that converged to make America, and a prescient warning of its future.I am an engineer and a measured man of the world. I prefer to weigh everything in the balance, to calculate and to plan. Yet my own heart is going faster than I can now measure.

In 1649 Dutch engineer Jan Brunt arrives in Ely to begin the great endeavour of levelling and draining the Fens. His life and work are bound by order, measurement and science. England is in the throes of Civil War and Cromwell's troops are amassing, yet the real danger for him is water and the many labyrinthine channels that encompass the Great Level. Then one day lost on the level he spies a Fenswoman and everything he thought he knew starts to unravel.

Many years later, now a distinguished gentleman in Nieuw Amsterdam in the bustling hubbub of the New World, Jan receives a note, unsigned.

Rich with the language of seventeenth-century endeavour, The Great Level is a lush portrait of the contradictory forces of order and passion that converged to make America, and a prescient warning of its future.
Stella Tillyard has been described by Simon Schama as 'dazzling...a phenomenally gifted writer'. Her books include Aristocrats- Caroline, Emily, Louisa and Sarah Lennox,1740-1832; Citizen Lord- Edward Fitzgerald, 1763-1798, A Royal Affair- George III and his Troublesome Siblings, and, most recently, Tides of War, longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012. She has lived in the USA and Italy and now lives in London.
 
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