By A. S. Byatt

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Winner of England’s Booker Prize and the literary sensation of the 12 months, Possession is a thrilling novel of wit and romance, immediately an highbrow secret and victorious love tale. it's the story of a couple of younger students getting to know the lives of 2 Victorian poets. As they discover their letters, journals, and poems, and song their routine from London to Yorkshire—from spiritualist séances to the fairy-haunted a long way west of Brittany—what emerges is a rare counterpoint of passions and ideas. 

An exhilarating novel of wit and romance, an highbrow secret, and a successful love tale. This story of a couple of younger students discovering the lives of 2 Victorian poets turned an incredible bookseller favourite, after which directly to nationwide bestellerdom.

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Those tiles prolonged midway up the partitions, the place they met a paisley vinyl paper crawling with busy suckered globules, octopods, sea-slugs, in very shiny crimson and crimson. there have been firming ceramic fitments, in dusty crimson pottery, a lavatory-paper holder, a tissue-holder, a toothmug on a plate like these large African lip-decorations, a scallop-shell maintaining pristine ovoids of red and crimson cleaning soap. The slatted, wipe-clean vinyl blind represented a crimson sunrise, with rose-tinged bulbous cumuli. The candlewick bath-mat, with its hide-like rubber backing, was once lavender-coloured and so was once the candlewick crescent snugly clutching the rest room pedestal and so was once the candlewick mob-cap cushioned protector worn by means of the rest room lid. at the most sensible of this, alert for house-sounds, and urgently concentrating, perched Professor Mortimer P. Cropper. It used to be three. 00 A. M. He was once arranging a thick wad of paper, a black rubber torch, and one of those inflexible matt black field, simply the scale to slot on his knee with no bumping the partitions. This used to be now not his milieu. He loved partly the spice of the incongruous and the prohibited. He wore a protracted black silk dressing-gown, with red revers, over black silk pyjamas, crimson-piped, with a monogram on his breast-pocket. His slippers, mole-black velvet, have been embroidered in gold thread with a feminine head surrounded by means of capturing rays or shaken hair. those were made in London, to his specification. The determine was once sculpted at the portico of the oldest a part of Robert Dale Owen collage, the Harmonia Museum, named after the traditional Alexandrian academy, that “bird-coop of the muses. ” She represented Mnemosyne, mom of the Muses, notwithstanding few now acknowledged her with no prompting, and he or she was once often taken, via people with a smattering of schooling, because the Medusa. She seemed additionally, now not too ostentatiously, on the head of Professor Cropper’s letters. She didn't look on his signet ring, a majestic onyx with the effect of a winged horse, which had as soon as belonged to Randolph Henry Ash, and now reposed at the red washbasin the place Cropper had simply washed his fingers. His face within the reflect was once high quality and exact, his silver hair so much exquisitely and seriously lower, his half-glasses gold-rimmed, his mouth pursed, yet pursed in American, extra beneficiant than English pursing, prepared for broader vowels and not more mincing sounds. His physique used to be lengthy and lean and trim; he had American hips, prepared for a neat belt and the far off ghost of a gunbelt. He pulled a string and the rest room heater fizzed into sluggish motion. He driven down a turn on his black field, which additionally fizzed a bit, and glowed in short with gentle. He switched on his torch and balanced it within the washbasin, illuminating his paintings. He switched off the sunshine, operating flaps and switches in a practised darkroom approach. Out of the envelope, with tender finger and thumb, he drew a letter. An outdated letter, whose folds he pressed skilfully flat prior to putting it into his field, final the lid, locking, switching. He was once drastically connected to his black field, a tool he had invented and perfected within the Fifties, and used to be now reluctant to desert in favour of more recent or slicker machines, because it had served him good over the many years.

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