A Dark Enchantment

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Doubleday, 2008 - Fiction - 492 pages
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In 1869, Godwin Tudor, a young English photographer, sets out to taste the classical beauty and exotic wilderness of Greece. Whilst in Athens he encounters a charismatic British landowner, the maverick Edgar Brooke, whose vast estate dominates Pyroxenia, an island north of Attica.
Although Brooke is ill-mannered, has many political enemies and is branded a social outcast, Godwin is intrigued by him, and sets out to visit. Whilst staying on the island Godwin finds himself enchanted by the breathtaking landscape and captivated by Brooke's capricious young daughter Lydia. Suddenly embroiled in a whirlwind of passion and chicanery, Godwin inadvertently finds himself at the centre of a dangerous political conspiracy.
As events spiral out of control, Godwin does his best to play the diplomat in a terrifying international incident. His life hangs in the balance and all the while his heart aches for the girl he has left behind in the spellbound forests of Pyroxenia.

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About the author (2008)

Roland Vernon is the author of several biographical books on music, and, most recently, Star in the East, a biography of the philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti. A Dark Enchantment is his first novel and it won the inaugural Daily Mail First Novel Award.

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