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Unsworth, Barry 1930-2012

Overview
Works: 73 works in 600 publications in 20 languages and 18,711 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Psychological fiction  Naval history  Historical fiction  Detective and mystery stories  Humorous stories 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent, Author of introduction
Classifications: PR6071.N8, 823.914
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Most widely held works about Barry Unsworth
 
Most widely held works by Barry Unsworth
Sacred hunger by Barry Unsworth( Book )

48 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 2,172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Kemp owns a slave ship, his nephew and son serve aboard the ship, the crew and human cargo are stranded on the coast of Florida
Land of marvels : a novel by Barry Unsworth( Book )

22 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and Czech and held by 2,080 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this thriller set in the Middle East of 1914, Somerville, a British archaeologist, and his team are excavating a long-buried Assyrian palace when an American geologist from an oil company posing as an archaeologist arrives one day and insinuates himself into Somerville's group. But he's not the only one working undercover to stake a claim on Iraq's rich oil fields
Morality play by Barry Unsworth( Book )

75 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in 11 languages and held by 1,999 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An itinerant group of actors, hiding a priest among them, unwittingly hits upon the truth when they devise a play out of a murder that has taken place in the town they are visiting."
The quality of mercy : a novel by Barry Unsworth( Book )

15 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Irish fiddler Sullivan escapes from prison after being implicated in the loss of Erasmus Kemp's slave ship, only to reencounter his nemesis in a struggle that pits Kemp's desire for wealth against Sullivan's advocacy for the disadvantaged
The songs of the kings by Barry Unsworth( Book )

29 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in 6 languages and held by 1,274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As the harsh wind holds the Greek fleet trapped in the straits at Aulis, frustration and political impotence turn into a desire for the blood of a young and innocent woman - blood that will appease the gods and allow the troops to set sail. And when Iphigeneia, Agamemnon's beloved daughter, is brought to the coast under false pretenses, and when a knife is fashioned out of the finest and most precious of materials, it looks as if the ships will soon be on their way. But can a father really go to these lengths to secure political victory, and can a daughter willingly give up her life for the worldly ambitions of her father?" "Throwing off the heroic values we expect of them, Barry Unsworth's mythic characters embrace the political ethos of the twenty-first century and speak in words we recognize as our own. The blowhard Odysseus warns the men to not "marginalize" Agamemnon and to "strike while the bronze is hot." High-sounding principles clash with private motives, and dark comedy ensues."--Jacket
Losing Nelson : a novel by Barry Unsworth( Book )

29 editions published between 1996 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 1,218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As he writes on Nelson, a British biographer re-lives his battles and romances. But he is obsessed by a black mark against his hero, Nelson's massacre of Neapolitans. The biographer undertakes a trip to Naples and receives an explanation
The ruby in her navel : a novel of love and intrigue in the twelfth century by Barry Unsworth( Book )

33 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in 7 languages and held by 1,129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Set in the Middle Ages during the brief yet glittering rule of the Norman kings, The Ruby in Her Navel is a tale in which the conflicts of the past portend the present. The novel opens in Palermo, in which Latin and Greek, Arab and Jew live together in precarious harmony. Thurstan Beauchamp, the Christian son of a Norman knight, works for Yusuf, a Muslim Arab, in the palace's central finance office, a job that includes the management of blackmail and bribes, and the gathering of secret information for the king." "But the peace and prosperity of the kingdom is being threatened, internally as well as externally. Known for his loyalty but divided between the ideals of chivalry and the harsh political realities of his tumultuous times, Thurstan is dispatched to uncover the conspiracies brewing against his king. During his journeys, he encounters the woman he loved as a youth; and the renewed promise of her love, as well as the mysterious presence of an itinerant dancing girl, sends him on a spiritual odyssey that forces him to question the nature of his ambition and the folly of uncritical reverence for authority."--Jacket
After Hannibal by Barry Unsworth( Book )

39 editions published between 1996 and 2002 in 7 languages and held by 970 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A lighthearted tale of the colonization of the Umbrian countryside by international yuppies. With one hand they fight the locals, with the other each other. The bone of contention is who will pay for the collapsed village wall, an accident blamed on a moving truck. By the author of Morality Play
The idol hunter by Barry Unsworth( Book )

42 editions published between 1980 and 2008 in 6 languages and held by 952 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spionroman
Stone virgin by Barry Unsworth( Book )

35 editions published between 1985 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 846 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Un jeune conservateur anglais est rapidement obsédé par les nombreuses énigmes qui entourent la statue historique de la Vierge qu'il doit restaurer à Venise. Au cours de ses recherches il rencontre la femme d'un sculpteur italien et s'éprend d'elle. Une intrigue dont les fils sont noués avec virtuosité. Un roman qui évoque trois époques différentes. Dans la lignée de Lawrence Durrell
The rage of the vulture by Barry Unsworth( Book )

15 editions published between 1982 and 1995 in English and held by 693 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Ottoman Empire is at its most corrupt and, with his wife and son, Englishman Robert Markham returns to Constantinople, where--twelve years earlier--he saved himself as the Turks raped and murdered his Armenian fiancee
The hide by Barry Unsworth( Book )

17 editions published between 1970 and 1997 in English and held by 597 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel of intrigue in an English country estate. The protagonist is Simon who lives there with his sister and whose pastime is spying on a woman neighbor as she is undressing. Simon's problems begin with the arrival of a new gardener who also has a penchant for spying. By the author of Morality Play
Sugar and rum by Barry Unsworth( Book )

13 editions published between 1988 and 1999 in English and held by 502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Suffering from writer's block a man goes for a walk in Liverpool and meets a war buddy working as a busker. They discuss the death of a soldier for which the writer always felt responsible and the buddy's revelation changes the writer's life
Mooncranker's gift by Barry Unsworth( Book )

16 editions published between 1973 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The partnership by Barry Unsworth( Book )

12 editions published between 1966 and 2001 in English and held by 386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The big day : a novel by Barry Unsworth( Book )

7 editions published between 1976 and 2002 in English and held by 268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It was a big day for Cuthbertson's Regional School, and it would go off like a bomb. Degree Day was always an important day, even at this school of unaccredited degrees attended mostly by foreign students with enough cash to purchase their education. Donald Cuthbertson prided himself on being a model for his students and teachers, but he had lately begun to lose his focus, to drift into the past, with even his writing becoming fuzzy. On top of degree day, there was an evening costume party for his wife Lavinia's fortieth birthday, and she was not going to go quietly into middle age
The Greeks have a word for it by Barry Unsworth( Book )

7 editions published between 1967 and 2002 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two men traveling from England disembark in Greece from the same boat. How their lives will accidentally and frighteningly intersect is the subject of this novel. Kennedy, an Englishman of no fixed address, is looking for a teaching job in what he hopes will be a Greek paradise. An opportunist who finds himself falling in love - or at least lust - he orchestrates a scam that will have some intended - and some thoroughly unintended - consequences. Mitsos is returning to Greece after many years away. An unresolved family tragedy awakens again, from the ghosts of his parents' deaths and the brutal wartime politics of Greek against Greek
The quality of mercy by Barry Unsworth( Recording )

9 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Irish fiddler Sullivan escapes from prison after being implicated in the loss of Erasmus Kemp's slave ship, only to reencounter his nemesis in a struggle that pits Kemp's desire for wealth against Sullivan's advocacy for the disadvantaged
The songs of the kings by Barry Unsworth( Recording )

12 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A thoroughly modern tale of politics, spin-doctoring, and media manipulation. As the harsh wind holds the Greek fleet trapped in the straits at Aulis, frustration and political impotence turn into a desire for the blood of a young and innocent woman - blood that will appease the gods and allow the troops to set sail. And when Iphigeneia, Agamemnon's beloved daughter, is brought to the coast under false pretences, it looks as if the ships will soon be on their way. But can a father really go to these lengths to secure political victory? And can a daughter willingly give up her life for the worldly ambitions of her father?
Sacred hunger by Barry Unsworth( )

13 editions published between 1992 and 2012 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Kemp owns a slave ship, his nephew and son serve aboard the ship, the crew and human cargo are stranded on the coast of Florida
 
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Alternative Names
Barry Unsworth britischer Schriftsteller

Barry Unsworth britisk skribent

Barry Unsworth brittisk författare

Barry Unsworth écrivain britannique

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Unsworth, Barry

Unsworth, Barry Forster 1930-2012

Барри Ансуорт

Баррі Ансворт

בארי אנסוורת'

アンズワース, バリー

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Land of marvels : a novelMorality playThe quality of mercy : a novelThe songs of the kingsLosing Nelson : a novelThe ruby in her navel : a novel of love and intrigue in the twelfth centuryAfter HannibalThe idol hunter