Griefwork by James Hamilton-Paterson
A Novel

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In the wake of World War II, an eccentric European curator struggles to keep alive a greenhouse full of exotic, nocturnal plants, fending off financial threats to their survival and his own creeping insanity.

About James Hamilton-Paterson

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James Hamilton-Paterson is the author of the bestselling Empire of the Clouds, which was hailed as a classic account of the golden age of British aviation. He won a Whitbread Prize for his first novel, Gerontius, and among his many other celebrated books are Seven-Tenths, one of the finest books written in recent times about the oceans, the satirical trilogy that began with Cooking with Fernet Branca, and the autobiographical Playing With Water. Born and educated in England, he has lived in the Philippines and Italy and now makes his home in Austria.
Published May 6, 1993 by Jonathan Cape. 196 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A palace coup voids that plan, but Leon's main-chance boss still conspires against him, and when his toy boy runs amok in the Palm House, breaking enough glass to make it as wintry inside as out, Leon's ever-fragile health betrays him too.

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Following his tropical tale of social chaos, Ghosts of Manila, Hamilton-Paterson's rather torpid new novel centers around a gardener's sealed-off hothouse paradise in a wintery, unnamed European city just after WWII.

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