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  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: IndyPublish (Jan. 26 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421968509
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421968506
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 467 g
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About the Author

Edward Phillips Oppenheim (22 October 1866 – 3 February 1946) was an English novelist, in his lifetime a major and successful writer of genre fiction including thrillers. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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HASH(0x9cc96e10) out of 5 stars Political and Romantic Thriller of Victorian England. Jan. 4 2016
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Mr Lawrence Mannering is a brilliant Liberal politician who has retired early to the country after his party lose power. He pursues the contemplative life, appreciating the joys of rural England, and writing occasionally for the journals. He meets and falls in love with a woman who has rented a cottage nearby for the summer. But Mannering is too charismatic to be left alone.Sir Leslie Borrowdean, an ambitious and crafty colleague, is sent to bring Mannering out of retirement, for the good of the party. "He had left London at a moment when he could ill be spared and had not travelled to this out-of-the-way corner of the kingdom to exchange purposeless platitudes with a man whose present attitude towards life...he heartily despised."

Mannering has several reasons for his reticence to return. Not the least of which are his obligations to Mrs. Blanche Phillimore and her daughter. Mannering is indebted to her, in a manner which remains long undisclosed, and she impedes his advancement.

Whether he will return to politics, how he resolves his obligations, and what happens to his love for the beautiful neighbor? These and other elements of Victorian morality, society, and politics are the substance of the novel.

In the early 20th Century, the condition of the working class produced significant turmoil in the left leaning political parties. The Liberal party, which had enjoyed support of the working class, was under threat from the Labour party, and trade unionists, who were the leading edge of the socialist/communist movement. This novel shows considerable sympathy for the condition of the poorest workers, who have lost their jobs to automation, recession, and layoffs. The use of Tariffs (taxes on foreign trade) to protect British industry is the heart of the political question in this story.

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HASH(0x9cc96e64) out of 5 stars Start with this title if you're new to Oppenheim Jan. 18 2014
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This is a great political mystery that is timeless even though it is over 100 years old. Once you start with Oppenheim, you'll get hooked on his swift paced stories with fascinating characters. It's also fun to have a window into a world where people were polite to each other (even when a murder plot was afoot) and the language is family friendly
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HASH(0x9d05b15c) out of 5 stars I am addicted ! Jan. 28 2016
By NB - Published on
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Where have Oppenheim's novels been all of my life? Now that I have discovered them, I am making a steady diet of them. This man can write! With his superb plots and adept character development, it is no wonder that I am hooked.
HASH(0x9d05b054) out of 5 stars Like a soap opera Dec 30 2014
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An interesting read. Like a soap opera!