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Lucy Hughes-Hallett

Biography

Lucy Hughes-Hallett

Lucy Hughes-Hallett is the author of THE PIKE: Gabriele D’Annunzio, which won the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Duff Cooper Prize, the Political Book Award for Political Biography of the Year, and the Costa Biography Award; CLEOPATRA: Histories, Dreams and Distortions, which won the Fawcett Prize and the Emily Toth Award; and HEROES: Saviours, Traitors and Supermen. She lives in London.

Lucy Hughes-Hallett

Books by Lucy Hughes-Hallett

by Lucy Hughes-Hallett - Fiction, Historical Fiction

It is the 17th century, and a wall is being raised around Wychwood, transforming the great house and its park into a private realm of ornamental lakes, grandiose gardens, and majestic avenues designed by Mr. Norris, a visionary landscaper. In this enclosed world everyone has something to hide after decades of civil war. Dissenters shelter in the woods, lovers rendezvous in secret enclaves, and outsiders --- migrants fleeing the plague --- find no mercy. Three centuries later, far away in Berlin, another wall is raised, while at Wychwood, an erotic entanglement over one sticky, languorous weekend in 1961 is overshadowed by news of historic change. In 1989, as the Cold War peters out, a threat from a different kind of conflict reaches Wychwood’s walls.