Book Description

DELIRIUM by Barbara Scott Emmett

The Indie Book of the Day for 26th of January, 2015!

Genre: Literary, Metaphysical

How many times had I dreamt of coming across the yellowing manuscript of La Chasse Spirituelle? Inside an old book on a stall in Paris, perhaps. Or in the attic of some befriended ancient. How many daydreams had I enjoyed over the possibility that one day…? I shook myself. It couldn’t possibly be true…

1872: The explosive love affair between flamboyant French poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine rocks French society. They flee to London, abandoning the manuscript of La Chasse Spirituelle to Verlaine’s scorned young wife. When a lawyer’s clerk salvages it from a dusty deed box, the manuscript begins its journey down the decades, revealing the secrets and betrayals of its various keepers.

2004: Andrea Mann, disenchanted with life and love, travels to France. Driven by her obsession with Rimbaud, she’s chasing her dream – the missing manuscript. Beside the poet’s grave at Charleville-Mézières, she meets a beautiful young man who shows her a single page – from La Chasse Spirituelle.

Andrea embarks on a desperate quest. Drawn into a manipulative relationship with the youth and his Svengali-like mentor, the mysterious Albert, she faces unwelcome truths. The closer she gets to the manuscript, the further she veers from reality.

But is Albert’s copy genuine? And can La Chasse Spirituelle fill the void in Andrea’s soul?

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Book Insight

  • File Size: 926 KB
  • Print Length: 435 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: PENTALPHA PUBLISHING EDINBURGH (July 30, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FKJ1OCE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled 
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled >
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled

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I have lived in London, Edinburgh, Musselburgh and many towns and settlements in Australia. By staying with my friend Kathinka, I was able to spend time writing in chalets, tents and caravans in France and Germany.

In the seventies I travelled overland to India, going through Europe and across Turkey, Iran and Pakistan. I spent some time in Nepal and in the Punjab. On my second trip to India exactly ten years later (flying this time) we got stuck in Bagdad, which I wrote a short piece about.

Also in the seventies I visted Russia and Ukraine when they were part of the Soviet Union and went to New York to go to the New Wave clubs.

As my husband is a big Elvis fan, we got married at the gates of Graceland. Memphis, Tennessee.

For three decades I travelled as much as I could – by bus, train, plane, boat, horse and cart, and hitchhiking.

And after all this wandering I am now living in my home town of Newcastle upon Tyne only a mile or so from where I was born – a quite unexpected turn of events.

We live in a house overlooking the Tyne – once an industrial area, now green and pleasant. Almost directly below, on the banks of the river, is the site of a vanished village called Dent’s Hole, where my Emmett ancestors plied their trade as salmon fishers.

I have come home.

Me in Australia – when I lived in a place called Fairyland in Queensland. All mod cons, eh?

Well, I may have had to heat bathwater in a tin drum on a wood stove but at least I had a bookshelf above it. I read War and Peace while I lived in Fairyland. Yes, it was that exciting a place.

I once discovered a dead frog in the big water tank that we got drinking water from, and the loo was a ‘thunderbox’ at the bottom of the garden. On the plus side, though, the neighbours had two pet wallabies that used to sit at the table and eat toast. I wish I’d taken a photograph of them. 

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