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The Great Level

Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Great Level by Stella Tillyard, read by Boris Hiestand and Maggie Service.

‘I am an engineer and a measured man of the world. I prefer to weigh everything in the balance, to calculate and to plan. Yet my own heart is going faster than I can now count.’

In 1649, Jan Brunt, a Dutchman, arrives in England to work on draining and developing the Great Level, an expanse of marsh in the heart of the fen country. It is here he meets Eliza, whose love overturns his ordered vision and whose act of resistance forces him to see the world differently. Jan flees to the New World, where the spirit of avarice is raging and his skills as an engineer are prized. Then one spring morning a boy delivers a note that prompts him to remember the Fens and confront all that was lost there. 

The Great Level is a dramatic and elemental story about two people whose differences draw them together then drive them apart. Jan and Eliza’s journeys, like the century they inhabit, are filled with conflict, hard graft and adventure - and see them searching for their own piece of solid ground.

©2018 Stella Tillyard (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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Fascinating

I loved this story and the character in it. It was well researched and interesting but I didn't hear the research so much as I heard a great story. It was only on reflection having finished the book that I realised how much I had learned. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves a good story well told.

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  • 26-04-19

Utterly absorbing

History entertwined with a thougtful and passionate story. Startling imagery which creates wonderful pictures in your mind's eye.

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  • Bea
  • 28-11-18

Massively engaging!

Stella Tillyard did it! She wrote a most intriguing novel about a 17th century Dutch engineer and love. Simply couldn't put this down due to the story about land which is powerful and yields to man's skills. Wonderful!