It's 1772, the Royal Colony of North Carolina, and the governor calls upon Jamie Fraser to unite the backcountry and preserve the colony for King and Crown. And Jamie knows that three years hence, the shot heard round the world will be fired, and the end of it all will be independence - with those loyal to the King either dead or in exile.
For readers of Tommy Orange, Yaa Gyasi, and Jhumpa Lahiri, an electrifying debut novel about three unforgettable characters who seek to rise--to the middle class, to political power, to fame in the movies--and find their lives entangled in the wake of a catastrophe in contemporary India.
HWA Debut Crown shortlist. Edinburgh, 1942. As war tightens its grip, Agnes Thorne finds that her new husband's obsession with Home Rule threatens to land him in jail, and gives her an unwanted role in the nationalist movement. As hidden forces of state break cover, Agnes is caught in a triangle of passion, politics and secrecy.
Ken Follett's captivating third novel in the Kingsbridge series, A Column of Fire, returns to the setting and story that began, and continued, in the multi-million copy bestsellers The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. Christmas 1558, and the world is in turmoil as a new queen takes her throne and one man pledges to protect her life at all costs.
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