TIDES OF WAR: A Novel
On Sale: October 30, 2012
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PRAISE FOR TIDES OF WAR
“[A] welcome and entertaining contribution to the genre… In this novel, as in its many predecessors, the Napoleonic era is seldom dull….The book is a page turner.”—Charles McGrath, The New York Times
“As a historian, Tillyard brings a good deal of expertise to her subject. She sees those tendrils of the war that have reached into our time: the effectiveness of guerrilla action, the perils of worker unrest, the appeal of technological innovation, the dangers and promises of medical curiosity. Above all, she depicts the drive toward independence by women of all classes and types.”—Jane Smiley, The Washington Post
“Historian Stella Tillyard’s passion for the Regency Period shines through in her first novel, which is as painstakingly detailed as any piece of nonfiction….The descriptions of the era, from the battlegrounds of the Peninsula War to the lab that captivates Harriet back in England, are enchanting.”—USA Today
“This sophisticated, unusual portrait of Regency society will appeal to all readers of historical fiction, especially admirers of Bernard Cornwell.”—Library Journal, Starred Review / A Top 10 Book of 2011
“Tillyard is at her best with historical figures and when depicting the era; readers share Harriet’s discovery of the waltz, Jane Austen, and ice cream, and witness cutting-edge battlefield surgeries under real-life Surgeon Gen. James McGrigor.”—Publishers Weekly
ABOUT TIDES OF WAR
An epic novel about love and war, set in Regency England and Spain during the Peninsular War (1812-15), by the acclaimed historian and bestselling author of Aristocrats
Tides of War opens in England with the recently married, charmingly unconventional Harriet preparing to say goodbye to her husband, James, as he leaves to join the Duke of Wellington’s troops in Spain.
Harriet and James’s interwoven stories of love and betrayal propel this sweeping and dramatic novel as it moves between Regency London on the cusp of modernity—a city in love with science, the machine, money—and the shocking violence of war in Spain. With dazzling skill Stella Tillyard explores not only the effects of war on the men at the front but also the freedoms it offers the women left behind. As Harriet befriends the older and protective Kitty, Lady Wellington, her life begins to change in unexpected ways. Meanwhile, James is seduced by the violence of battle, and then by love in Seville.
As the novel moves between war and peace, Spain and London, its large cast of characters includes the serial adulterer and war hero the Duke of Wellington, and the émigrés Nathan Rothschild and Frederic Winsor who will usher in the future, creating a world brightly lit by gaslight where credit and financial speculation rule. Whether describing the daily lives and desires of strong female characters or the horror of battle, Tides of War is set to be the fiction debut of the year.
ABOUT STELLA TILLYARD
Stella Tillyard has been described by Simon Schama as “dazzling . . . a phenomenally gifted writer.” Her books include Aristocrats: Caroline, Emily, Louisa and Sarah Lennox, 1740-1832; Citizen Lord: Edward Fitzgerald, 1763-1798; and most recently A Royal Affair: George III and his Troublesome Siblings. She has lived in the United States and Italy and now lives in London.