Partial Eclipse - Lesley GlaisterHamish Hamilton, 1994, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with a little wear to the dust wrapper as a result. Edges of the text block lightly tanned.
From the cover: “Jennifer is in solitary confinement, imprisoned for an undisclosed crime. Denied companionship, made desperate by the cruel tedium of her surroundings, she escapes into a world of memory and imagination where two stories emerge.
Jennifer’s is a love story. She has fallen for an easygoing jazz musician called Tom. They meet one Christmas in Scotland and a romantic affair soon sparks into an obsessive and unyielding passion. There is an inexorable link between this and her imprisonment — but what exactly is it?
Peggy Maybee, Jennifer’s ancestor, was transported for stealing a peacock. That is all that is known about Peggy, but not all that is imagined. For Jennifer conjures a life for her aboard a convict ship bound for Botany Bay. A partial eclipse of the moon used by the captain as inspiration for a sermon triggers a mutiny and, among the chaos of brawling thieves, cut-throats, whores and crew, Peggy makes a bid for freedom.
Partial Eclipse is a stunning story about passion and its consequences. The twin worlds of Jennifer and Peggy merge in a work of mystery, originality and extraordinary power. Impossible either to forget or to leave unfinished, Lesley Glaister’s new novel is her greatest achievement yet.”