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Paperback Book Details
  • 12/2012
  • 9781906582340
  • 361 pages
  • $22.95
Ebook Details
  • 12/2012
  • B00GU076TC
  • 361 pages
  • $9.99
Ebook Details
  • 02/2013
  • B00GU076TC
  • 361 pages
  • $9.99
Kipling & Trix
Mary Hamer, author

Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

Winner of the Virginia Prize for Fiction, Kipling & Trix tells the story of Rudyard Kipling, author of The Jungle Book, and his sister Trix, as they grow up.

Both mean to be writers, both are looking for love but they are hampered by the bitter legacy of their childhood. Not quite six, Rudyard and his little sister, Trix, just three, had been left behind in Southsea by their parents when they went back to India. The children found themselves abandoned to the power of a foster mother determined to break the boy’s spirit and to take the little girl for herself. How will this past shape their future lives? Based on extensive research and set in exotic locations across the world, Kipling & Trix is a story to fascinate women and men readers alike.

Reviews
Hamer’s fictionalized account of the childhood of one of imperial Britain’s foremost authors (Rudyard Kipling) and his sister makes for an immersive reading experience. Born in Bombay, both Rudyard and Alice (known as Trix) are sent as children to live with a dour evangelist, which leaves deep emotional scars. The story touches lightly on their school days, highlighting their closeness and vulnerability as each seeks refuge and emotional release through writing. While Rudyard’s stories bring him wealth and respect, his sister’s work meets disapproval and rejection from publishers, forcing her to publish under an assumed name. His success permits him to marry as he chooses. Unfortunate Trix, however, is shamed into accepting a dull man and married life in Calcutta, which she finds stifling. Her misery leads to series of breakdowns that keep her in England for prolonged periods, while her famous brother adventures in the United States and South Africa. The main characters are exceedingly well drawn and portrayed with compassion and sensitivity. The author’s extensive research is evident, but doesn’t interrupt the gripping narrative. This is a moving portrayal of two complex lives. (BookLife)
Daily Mail

'Hamer's book opens up the complex world of the Kiplings, moving between continents and momentous world events'

Gina Barreca, Huffington Post

"Although based closely on historical fact, Kipling and Trix is a tour-de-force of imaginative fiction as well as a lyrically written, if often harrowing, tale of surprising passion."

Historical Novel Society

'Mary Hamer's Kipling and Trix elegantly walks the borders between fact and fiction in her retelling of Rudyard Kipling's story and his relationship with his sister Trix'

Kipling Journal

‘Mary Hamer's novel about the lives of Rudyard Kipling and his sister Alice, 'Trix' to her family, is intelligent, vividly imagined and a real page-turner’

Pam Johnson, Words Unlimited

'The childhood scenes are particularly compelling, revealing how brother and sister, though dependents, were gradually becoming rivals....The book is a rich collage of potent scenes - you shift viewpoint and we see Rud and Trix through the eyes of many others.'

The Writes of Women

"Truly engaging"

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 12/2012
  • 9781906582340
  • 361 pages
  • $22.95
Ebook Details
  • 12/2012
  • B00GU076TC
  • 361 pages
  • $9.99
Ebook Details
  • 02/2013
  • B00GU076TC
  • 361 pages
  • $9.99

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