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Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller is one of Britain’s leading novelists. He has won the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Whitbread Novel Award. His bestselling novel Pure, a Costa Book Award winner, has received widespread acclaim and was a best-seller for Europa in 2012. Now We Shall Be Entirely Free is his eighth novel.

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Latest reviews

  • “[Andrew Miller] is a very stylish, almost painterly writer, and he has her gift for historical reconstruction, for describing the past without making it seem like a wax museum.”
    — New York Times Book Review, Sep 10 2019
  • “Miller is in fine form here, mixing an unforgettable cat-and-mouse chase with a moving love story.”
    — Kirkus Reviews, Jun 17 2019
  • "Set in England, this family drama opens out into an adventure story with existential overtones."
    — The New Yorker, May 15 2017
  • Starred review. "Highly recommended".
    — Library Journal, Feb 15 2017
  • “The beauty of this subtle novel is that it derives enormous power from small details, such as the discovery of a heart-shaped hair clip, and Maud's encounters with children on a distant island.”
    — Shelf Awareness, Jan 27 2017
  • “What literature can offer in place of false knowledge, “The Crossing” suggests, are signs and wonders — an openness that’s both inspiration and challenge.”
    — New York Times Book Review, Jan 25 2017
  • "Mysterious and meditative, this novel notably displays one woman’s resilience."
    — Booklist, Nov 15 2016
  • "In pristine, elegant prose, Miller creates an indelible portrait of a mysterious woman and her tragic quest."
    — Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review), Oct 5 2016
  • This is the third book I've read off of my "Genre Novels That Should Be Classics" reading list in a quest to expand my book choices beyond my normal comfort zone. I'm not a big historical fiction reader. Sometimes it makes appearances in my Fantasy or Science Fiction picks, but...
    — May 22 2015
  • An opposite approach animates the tale of Jean-Baptiste Baratte, which starts and ends in a Versailles anteroom whose decadence says everything about the years just before the Revolution. The young engineer is to purify the Paris neighborhood of Les Halles by removing a festering,...
    — Sep 26 2014
  • My love of France and my fascination with graveyards are what drew me to this book—and the fact that my sister, whose opinion I value above all others, was raving about it. It turned out to be my read of the year. The material is dark, the characters vividly alive and the history...
    — Nov 26 2013
  • Pure by Andrew Miller is a work of historical fiction that takes place in Paris during the decade prior to the French Revolution. An Everyman from Normandy has managed to get an education and become an engineer. Paris stinks - literally. It is not healthy. Our anti-hero is hired...
    — Oct 15 2013
  • I think the trick to writing good historical fiction is probably to do extensive and wide ranging research, to really immerse yourself in your period, and then to forget about it all and tell a story. The last novel I reviewed here demonstrated a rich understanding of...
    — Jul 29 2013
  • First off I’ll recommend the English writer Andrew Miller’s novel Pure (winner of the Costa best novel award for 2011) as well as his Ingenious Pain and Casanova, all of which are set in the 18th century. Now Miller has written excellent novels set in other...
    — Jun 24 2013
  • Andrew Miller’s PURE won the 2011 Costa Book of the Year and appeared in paperback in 2012. It is set in Paris in 1785 and, although it is a work of fiction, really evokes pre-revolutionary France. A young engineer, Jean-Baptiste Baratte, has only one bridge to his name,...
    — May 13 2013
  • Among the more than 250,000 visitors who descend the spiral staircase to the Parisian catacombs each year, who does not at some point in the ensuing spectacle ask him or herself: how did they do this? Andrew Miller’s PURE provides a satisfyingly grim and detailed response.
    — Mar 27 2013
  • The central question of Andrew Miller’s novel Pure, set in Louis XVI’s pre-revolutionary France, mirrors that of the recent American presidential election—“yes on progress, but at what cost?” Miller’s answer is a well-crafted, sharply researched slice of literary...
    — Dec 4 2012
  • In another exploration of historical lacunae, Miller (Ingenious Pain) delves into pre-Revolutionary Paris, where a pestilential, ancient cemetery acts as metaphor for the blighted reign of King Louis XVI. Jean-Baptiste Baratte, a young Norman engineer who prides himself on his...
    — Nov 15 2012
  • France, in the turbulent years before the revolution. At Versailles a minister in Louis XVI's government tells a young engineer that there is an elephant somewhere in the palace. A gift to Louis XV from the King of Siam, it lives on burgundy wine and must be kept hidden...
    — Jun 24 2012
  • Some stories are too wonderful — too filled with wonders — to set in the present. They can’t really be called historical fiction because they don’t serve history so much as plunder it to invent what might have been. Such is the case with “Pure,” by Andrew Miller,...
    — Jun 3 2012


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