Wintersalen Sale
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Tour our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Original Essays | November 10, 2014

    Peter Turchi: IMG Writing as Puzzle



    I loved books, loved stories, loved being read to at an early age and then reading for myself — that's true for most writers. But looking... Continue »
    1. $20.97 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$5.00
List price: $6.99
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
available for shipping or prepaid pickup only
Available for In-store Pickup
in 7 to 12 days
Qty Store Section
4 Partner Warehouse S- F- SCIENCE FICTION

Farthing (07 Edition)

by

Farthing (07 Edition) Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Please note that used books may not include additional media (study guides, CDs, DVDs, solutions manuals, etc.) as described in the publisher comments.

Publisher Comments:

One summer weekend in 1949--but not our 1949--the well-connected "Farthing set", a group of upper-crust English families, enjoy a country retreat. Lucy is a minor daughter in one of those families; her parents were both leading figures in the group that overthrew Churchill and negotiated peace with Herr Hitler eight years before.

 

Despite her parents' evident disapproval, Lucy is married--happily--to a London Jew. It was therefore quite a surprise to Lucy when she and her husband David found themselves invited to the retreat. It's even more startling when, on the retreat's first night, a major politician of the Farthing set is found gruesomely murdered, with abundant signs that the killing was ritualistic.

 

It quickly becomes clear to Lucy that she and David were brought to the retreat in order to pin the murder on him. Major political machinations are at stake, including an initiative in Parliament, supported by the Farthing set, to limit the right to vote to university graduates. But whoever's behind the murder, and the frame-up, didn't reckon on the principal investigator from Scotland Yard being a man with very private reasons for sympathizing with outcasts...and looking beyond the obvious.

 

As the trap slowly shuts on Lucy and David, they begin to see a way out--a way fraught with peril in a darkening world.

Synopsis:

A stunning "what-if" in the manner of Fatherland and The Plot Against America

Synopsis:

Praise for "Farthing"

"If Le Carre scares you, try Jo Walton. Of course her brilliant story of a democracy selling itself out to fascism sixty years ago is just a mystery, just a thriller, just a fantasy--of course we know nothing like that could happen now. Don't we?"

--Ursula K. Le Guin

"It really is one of those books that succeeds in almost too many ways to count. It's a great, engaging read, and sharp as a knife. The most meaningful parahistorical novel I've come across in a long time, succinct and rivetingly readable."

--Robert Charles Wilson

""Farthing" starts out as a cozy period house party mystery, becomes a brilliant alternate history yarn, and at last reveals itself to be a chilling political thriller. It's smart, riveting, and deeply moving. Once you start reading, don't plan to put it down."

--Emma Bull

"A wonderful book, simultaneously a gripping mystery and a harrowing cautionary tale. Walton's credible--and entirely convincing--alternative history becomes a terrifying meditation on class, power, and persecution."

--Susan Palwick

Synopsis:

A stunning "what-if" in the manner of Fatherland and The Plot Against America

Synopsis:

A stunning what-if in the manner of "Fatherland" and "The Plot Against America," this novel of alternative history is set during a post-World War II world--one in which the upper-crust Farthing set that had overthrown Churchill and had negotiated peace with Hitler eight years before is in control.

About the Author

Jo Walton won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer on publication of her debut novel The King's Peace. Her novel Tooth and Claw won the World Fantasy Award. A native of Wales, she lives in Montreal.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780765352804
Author:
Walton
Publisher:
Tor Books
Author:
Walton, Jo
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Alternative History
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Country homes
Subject:
Police
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
England
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Small Change
Publication Date:
20070828
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
6.68 x 4.21 x 0.91 in

Other books you might like

  1. A River Runs Through It and Other...
    Used Trade Paper $7.00
  2. Red Gold Used Trade Paper $9.95
  3. Bel Canto
    Used Trade Paper $3.95
  4. The Savage Detectives
    Sale Trade Paper $6.98
  5. Daughters of the North (P.S.) Used Trade Paper $6.95
  6. The House at Riverton
    Used Trade Paper $4.95

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Science Fiction and Fantasy » A to Z

Farthing (07 Edition) Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$5.00 In Stock
Product details 336 pages Tor Books - English 9780765352804 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,
A stunning "what-if" in the manner of Fatherland and The Plot Against America
"Synopsis" by , Praise for "Farthing"

"If Le Carre scares you, try Jo Walton. Of course her brilliant story of a democracy selling itself out to fascism sixty years ago is just a mystery, just a thriller, just a fantasy--of course we know nothing like that could happen now. Don't we?"

--Ursula K. Le Guin

"It really is one of those books that succeeds in almost too many ways to count. It's a great, engaging read, and sharp as a knife. The most meaningful parahistorical novel I've come across in a long time, succinct and rivetingly readable."

--Robert Charles Wilson

""Farthing" starts out as a cozy period house party mystery, becomes a brilliant alternate history yarn, and at last reveals itself to be a chilling political thriller. It's smart, riveting, and deeply moving. Once you start reading, don't plan to put it down."

--Emma Bull

"A wonderful book, simultaneously a gripping mystery and a harrowing cautionary tale. Walton's credible--and entirely convincing--alternative history becomes a terrifying meditation on class, power, and persecution."

--Susan Palwick

"Synopsis" by ,
A stunning "what-if" in the manner of Fatherland and The Plot Against America

"Synopsis" by , A stunning what-if in the manner of "Fatherland" and "The Plot Against America," this novel of alternative history is set during a post-World War II world--one in which the upper-crust Farthing set that had overthrown Churchill and had negotiated peace with Hitler eight years before is in control.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.