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Maria and the admiral - Rachel Billington

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Title
Maria and the admiral
Author
Rachel Billington
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Orion Books
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20130509

A sweeping historical drama, based on the true and enduring love of Thomas Cochrane and Maria Graham.

Chile, June 1822. Maria Graham, a young British widow, watches as her compatriot Admiral Lord Cochrane sails triumphantly into the Valparaiso Bay, fresh from leading the Chilean fleet to victory over the country's Spanish rulers.

Cochrane, a popular yet outspoken hero of the Napoleonic wars, is drawn to Maria, a woman whose intelligence and spirit of adventure rival his own. Yet their intense and extraordinary relationship must contend with a climate of uncertainty, political turmoil and civil war.

Inspired by Maria Graham's own journals, MARIA AND THE ADMIRAL vividly brings to life the story of one woman who tested the limits of society, and of her enduring love for one of the most colourful figures of her age.

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Rachel Billington has published twenty novels and nine books for children, as well as several non-fiction works. She is also a regular journalist, feature writer and reviewer. She is co-editor of Inside Time, the national newspaper for prisoners and a Vice-President of English PEN. She has four children and five grandchildren and lives in London and Dorset.

Billington's descriptions of the landscape are lush and evocative, and her portrait of Maria is delightfully honest
DAILY MAIL

[An] intense and moving novel
THE LADY

Despite the beauty of the setting - the ruby mountains, the emerald ocean - Billington keeps a rein on the romance and while, at times, the readers longs for a swooning love story, one suspects that Billington's clearer-eyed version would have been infinitely more to Graham's own tastes
THE LADY

Maria Graham was an author who broke through the conventions of her time ... it was as a widow in Valparaiso, she saw the flamboyant Admiral Lord Cochrane sail into the harbour, fresh from leading the Chilean fleet to victory over the Spanish. Rachel Billington imagines their intense relationship in this engrossing novel
CHOICE MAGAZINE

It's as much a record of 19th-century Chile as a drama, and Rachel Billington gives a real sense of the beauty and atmosphere of Valparaiso and its surroundings. ... Her consciousness of the limitations of romantic love and her old-fashioned acceptance of emotional and physical pain make Rachel Billington's Maria touching and dashing in equal measure
THE SPECTATOR

There is an admirable economy to Billington's writing. It moves through death,
earthquakes and childbirth with something of the brisk, matter-of-fact qualities of Defoe
INDEPENDENT

Rachel Billington discovered Maria's Chilean journals in the London Library and, using Maria's own words, in a voice so witty and intimate, so utterly human, she makes an already gripping story even more so because of the powerful presence of Maria whispering in our ears. A wonderful story and a terrific way of discovering more about a previously unknown corner of history
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Type
BOOK
Edition
1st paperback ed
Keyword Index
South America - History - Wars of Independence, 1806-1830 - Fiction.|South America - History, Naval - 19th century - Fiction.|Historical fiction.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
355

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