Theory of War

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'A modern work of genius' Spectator

Winner of the Costa/Whitbread Book of the Year Award 1993

Forced into slavery as a child, Jonathan Carrick escapes to a new life but within him lies the need for revenge against George Stokes, the son of his former master.

Mallory Carrick, confined to a wheelchair, seeks to find out the truth about her grandfather's history.

Haunting, elegant and passionate, Theory of War is a novel about how the past lives on through following generations. It follows one woman's journey to discover what her grandfather might have experienced and how his suffering still haunts his descendants.
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Joan Brady was the first ever winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year with the remarkable Theory of War in the 1990s, which won her huge acclaim. She was born in California, and now lives in Oxford. Venom is her sixth book, following on from Bleedout which was a major success for Simon & Schuster internationally in 2005.
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Publisher
Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Jan 26, 2012
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Pages
368
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ISBN
9781849839532
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / General
Fiction / Historical / General
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