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This is an auction for SIGNALS OF DISTRESS by Jim Crace.

"As Crace's fine new novel opens, two ships arrive at the isolated English coastal community of Wherrytown: the Belle of Wilmington, an American vessel that has run aground in a storm, and the Ha'proth of Tar, a steam packet that carries Aymer Smith from the safety of London to convey bad news to the town's citizens. His family's firm no longer needs the kelp ash it has been buying from the town to make soap, and the priggish Smith feels duty-bound to inform the citizens in person. He also feels duty-bound to assist in the escape of the Belle's cook, a black slave, and to offer to marry the nubile Miggy Bowe. Crace has once again succeeded at creating a community far removed from our everyday world and making it real, vivid, and indelible. The result is a quiet, thoughtful work that pulls the reader in powerfully. Highly recommended."
- Library Journal (US)

Amazon.com review:

"November, 1836. A fierce gale beaches an American steamer off the English coast, injuring an African slave below decks and eventually disgorging 300 head of cattle and an innful of rowdy American sailors into a hardscrabble fishing village. The same storm drives into port a ship from London, bearing one Aymer Smith, the foolish well-intentioned prig who will deprive the town of its livelihood, free the American slave, and set into motion a whole series of unforeseeable, tragicomic events. Chosen by Publisher's Weekly as one of the best books of 1995, Signals of Distress once again displays the author's gift for inventing richly strange and believable worlds that uncannily foretell our own."

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Penguin paperback 1995.

277 pages.

Very good condition.

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There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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