Sacred Hunger (Signed copy)

Third printing of Barry Unsworth's Booker Prize winning novel


Barry Unsworth


Hamish Hamilton, London, 1992
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Printing Details

First edition, third printing. Hardback, bound in black cloth with printed white titling and design to spine. 24 × 15.5cm, 630pp.

Signed directly to the title page by Barry Unsworth.

Sacred Hunger is a stunning and engrossing exploration of power, domination, and greed. Filled with the "sacred hunger" to expand its empire and its profits, England entered full into the slave trade and spread the trade throughout its colonies. In this Booker Prize-winning work, Barry Unsworth follows the failing fortunes of William Kemp, a merchant pinning his last chance to a slave ship; his son who needs a fortune because he is in love with an upper-class woman; and his nephew who sails on the ship as its doctor because he has lost all he has loved. The voyage meets its demise when disease spreads among the slaves and the captain's drastic response provokes a mutiny. Joining together, the sailors and the slaves set up a secret, utopian society in the wilderness of Florida, only to await the vengeance of the single-minded, young Kemp.


A reading copy. Whilst the book is in solid, readable condition, it lacks the dustwrapper and is comprehensively foxed to the page edges.



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