By Gavin McCrea
Little or no is understood approximately Lizzie Burns, the illiterate Irishwoman and longtime lover of Frederick Engels, coauthor of The Communist Manifesto. In Gavin McCrea’s first novel, the unsung Lizzie is eventually given a voice that won’t be forgotten.
Lizzie is a bad employee within the Manchester, England, mill that Frederick owns. after they stream to London to be in the direction of Karl Marx and kin, she needs to learn how to navigate the advanced landscapes of Victorian society. we're aware about Lizzie’s intimate, wry perspectives on Marx and Engels’s undertaking to spur revolution one of the operating periods, and to her ambivalence towards her newly sumptuous situations. Lizzie is haunted via her past love (a innovative Irishman), pressured by means of a feeling of responsibility to correct prior error, and torn among a hope for independence and the pragmatic have to be cared for.
Yet regardless of or as a result of their profound ameliorations, Lizzie and Frederick stay attracted to one another during this advanced, high-spirited love story.
“Richly imagined.”—starred overview, Publishers Weekly
“This is the easiest type of ancient fiction."—Lucy Scholes, The Independent
"Who knew studying approximately communists might be lots fun?"—starred overview, Kirkus Reviews
Guardian First ebook Award Nominee for Longlist (2015)