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Robert Merle’s The Brethren: Giveaway

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If, like me, your local shop appears to have bypassed the release date of 22nd June you may have already seen this book. Cited as a modern-day Dumas, French author Merle’s saga – acclaimed in its homeland – is being published in English by Pushkin Press.

The Guardian calls it ‘swashbuckling’, which sounds pretty good to me, and BBC History has its eye on best-of lists. First published between 1977-2003, it’s taken a while for it to get here but sounds worth the wait. If you like the English Tudor period and like the idea of crossing the channel to the land of Mary I’s younger husband, it might be for you.

Which is my extensive way of saying, I have 3 copies up for grabs – would you like one? Leave a comment to let me know, first come first serve. I’ll be reviewing the book shortly and am looking forward to it. It’s somewhat ironic that I’m reading around Dumas yet haven’t read the man himself but if this is good preparation for the lengthy classics that can only be a good thing.

Two questions today, then: would you like a copy of this book? And have you ever read books inspired by/akin to another but taken a while to read the original?



June 19, 2015, 6:34 pm

I would definitely like to read tis, as it puts another spin on the Tudor story. They are boundless!
I read several Jane Austen-inspired books before reading her actual work. And I was addicted to Laurie R. King’s Sherlock Holmes/Mary Russell for years, but just read my first this month!
Thanks for this awesome giveaway. HF is my fav genre.


June 19, 2015, 10:50 pm

This cover definitely rings a bell. If it is akin to Dumas I would like to give it a go. I read The Three Musketeers last year and loved it. Took me far too long to read though, especially as I grew up loving the film adaptation starring Oliver Reid and Christopher Lee.


June 21, 2015, 2:08 pm

A fabulous giveaway which would compliment my growing collection of Pushkin Press – yes please :-)


June 21, 2015, 7:26 pm

I’ve read a few books around Greek myth, but it’s taken me an age to even pick up one classic (I’m still reading The Odyssey). I have yet to pick up Dumas as well, my copy of Count of Monte Cristo keeps staring at me from my shelves.

I’d love a copy :)



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