Sacred hunger

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Doubleday, 1992 - Fiction - 629 pages
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A sweeping novel of men's greed in the slave trade, from the author of Pascali's Island. It is 1752, and The Liverpool Merchant has picked up its human cargo in Africa and is headed for America. Disease soon spreads, forcing the captain to take drastic measures that soon lead to a mutinous rebellion.

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User Review  - banjo123 - LibraryThing

Somehow, even though this is about a difficult topic (the slave trade) and is very long (over 600 pages); I found it a relatively easy book to read. Unsworth is such a good story-teller that I just ... Read full review

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User Review  - BookConcierge - LibraryThing

From the book jacket: A stunning and engrossing exploration of power, domination, and greed. Filled with the “sacred hunger” to expand its empire and its profits, England entered fully into the slave ... Read full review

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Barry Unsworth, who won the Booker Prize for Sacred Hunger, was a Booker Prize finalist for Morality Play and was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize for The Ruby in Her Navel. He lives in Italy.

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