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The Linnet Bird

Linda Holeman

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Historical fiction

Sheer bliss...A superb read in every way, exciting, moving, with a fantastic and unpredictable plot. We use that old cliche 'unputdownable' so often that it has little real meaning anymore, but I can assure you I couldn't leave THE LINNET BIRD till I finished it It stands alone, proud and beautiful and I finished it with deep regret LESLEY PEARSE.

'For you, I will write of it all part truth, part memory, part nightmare my life, the one that started so long ago, in a place so far from here...'

India, 1839: Linny Gow, a respectable young wife and mother, settles down to write her life story. To outside appearances Linny is the perfect Colonial wife: beautiful, gracious, subservient. But appearances can be very deceptive.

An unforgettable book, richly descriptive and mesmerising from the start, THE LINNET BIRD is the spellbinding story of the journey of Linny Gow child prostitute turned social climber turned colonial wife turned adventuress. Frequently disturbing, often moving and always enthralling, it is that rare thing: a once-in-a-lifetime read.

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Praise for The Linnet Bird

  • A stirring tale of one woman's search for personal fulfilment - Woman & Home

  • This is a sweeping, unputdownable saga (think The Thorn Birds and Gone with the Wind) that you'll probably want to tell all your friends about - Woman

  • Linny's talent for survival makes for compulsive reading. This Canadian writer's first adult novel succeeds in being more than just a historical saga; it is a rites-of-passage tale with a very convincing and resourceful heroine. - The Lady

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Linda Holeman

Linda Holeman is the author of the internationally bestselling historical novels The Linnet Bird, The Moonlit Cage, In a Far Country, and The Saffron Gate, as well as a number of other works of fiction and short fiction. The Moonlit Cage was chosen by Amnesty International UK as one of their 'ten great books on human rights'. Her novels have been translated into eighteen languages. A world traveller, she grew up and was educated in Winnipeg. She currently lives in Toronto.

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