Burning Bright

  • by Tracy Chevalier
  • Narrated by Emilia Fox
  • 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The wonderful new novel from the much-loved author of Girl with a Pearl Earring and Falling Angels. Flames and funerals, circus feats and seduction, neighbours and nakedness: Tracy Chevalier's new novel Burning Bright sparkles with drama.
London 1792: The Kellaways move from familiar rural Dorset to the tumult of a cramped, unforgiving city. They are leaving behind a terrible loss, a blow that only a completely new life may soften. Against the backdrop of a city jittery over the increasingly bloody French Revolution, a surprising bond forms between Jem, the youngest Kellaway boy, and streetwise Londoner Maggie Butterfield. Their friendship takes a dramatic turn when they become entangled in the life of their neighbour, the printer, poet, and radical, William Blake.
He is a guiding spirit as Jem and Maggie navigate the unpredictable, exhilarating passage from innocence to experience. Their journey inspires one of Blake's most entrancing works. Georgian London is recreated as vividly in Burning Bright as 17th-century Delft was in Tracy Chevalier's best-selling masterpiece, Girl with a Pearl Earring.

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What the Critics Say

"A visual delight. Chevalier's meticulous brushstrokes allow us to hear the 'youthful harlot's curse' and feel 'the damp souls of housemaids'"(The Times
"Burning Bright is an ambitious, impressively-researched novel…You can almost smell the smoke and mildewed clothes, see the gaunt, pock-marked faces of people struggling to survive and sense Jem's wonder as he gazes across the murky Thames to a perplexing world" (Daily Express)
"A subtle clarity of style, quirky but seldom over-drawn characters, engaging touches of domestic detail and a splendidly vital recreation of Georgian London" (Sunday Times)
"Vivid, romantic and pacey" (Daily Mail)"Those who admired Chevalier's atmospheric evocation of 17th-century Delft will find much to enjoy in her vivid reconstruction of late 18th-century London" (Guardian)

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-04-2014
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited