by Guinevere Glasfurd
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Pub Date 12 May 2022 | Archive Date 12 May 2022
John Murray Press, Two Roads
'Tightly plotted and hugely readable' Jane Rogers, author of PROMISED LANDS
'Marvellous . . . fans of immersive historical fiction, the 18th century, all things French and a dash of peril, this one's for you' Emily Brand, author of THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF BYRON
'Glasfurd deftly, elegantly captures this volatile world of impoverished attic rooms and gilded literary salons' DAILY MAIL
'I thought of the books we carried and the hands that would one day hold them. The pages read, turned and discussed. And how the book would become thought and the thought then become the person gone out into the world. Let Gilbert try and put a stop to that.'
After her father is disgraced, Delphine Vimond is cast out of her home in Rouen and flees to Paris. Into her life tumbles Chancery Smith, apprentice printer sent from London to discover the mysterious author of potentially incendiary papers marked only D. In a battle of wits with the French censor, Henri Gilbert, Delphine and Chancery set off in a frantic search for D's author. But who is D and does D even exist?
Privilege is a story of adventure and mishap set against the turmoil of mid-18th century France at odds with the absolute power of the King who is determined to suppress opposition on pain of death. At a time when books required royal privilege before they could be published - a system enforced by the Chief Censor and a network of spies - many were censored or banned, and their authors harshly punished. Books that fell foul of the system were published outside France and smuggled back in at great risk.
Costa-shortlisted author Guinevere Glasfurd has conjured a vibrant world of entitlement and danger, where the right to live and think freely could come at the highest cost.
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Average rating from 8 members
This is an amazing book, written by an author who knows how women were treated as inferiors in the eighteenth century in France. But there are lots other insights involved in this book, written in 2020. I can only admire the characters she has created, Delphine in particular, but also Chancery and Tibius. The plot is such that I would spoil it if it were revealed, but it is about books that needed privilege, the consent of the King of France, in order to be published. There is so much more to the book than this, but it is a major part of the novel. Books appeared anonymously were published at great risk if the author was ever discovered. It is highly recommended that the reader finds out the story for themselves, because I cannot reveal more without spoilers. I really enjoyed this novel, it was a brilliant and thought provoking read.
This was such an interesting and thought provoking read. It was well written with a compelling storyline and well dveeloped characters all enveloped in an era I didnt know much about so I loved that, and it was a fantastic setting.
I was gripped I couldn't put it down. I loved it.