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From the recent York instances bestselling writer Sally Beauman comes an intensely atmospheric, spellbinding new version of Lord Carnarvon's hunt for Tutankhamun's tomb in Egypt's Valley of the Kings.

Sent overseas to Egypt in 1922 to get over the typhoid that has killed her mom, eleven-year-old Lucy turns into swept up within the feverish pleasure surrounding the quest for Tutankhamun's tomb. via her friendship with Frances, the daughter of an American archaeologist, Lucy witnesses first-hand the intrigue, politics, and passions surrounding this quest. Raised in an international during which adults are usually chilly and unpredictable, Lucy types a right away bond with Frances. Their friendship sustains them all through adolescence, courses them in the course of the class-ridden colonial society during which they develop up, and takes them into an grownup existence that can provide fulfilment—until it veers towards heartbreak.

Deftly developed and transportive, peopled through robust characters, relocating from the Nineteen Twenties to the current day, The viewers is a undying coming-of-age narrative set opposed to the backdrop of profound old switch. yet how is such swap documented? Whose testimony is trustworthy? Which witness should still we believe?

Looking again on her earlier a lot later in existence, viewing it from the viewpoint of age, Lucy tells a deeply relocating tale of affection and loss, of errors made and incendiary secrets and techniques hid. She unearths the situations that lie at the back of the main celebrated discovery ever made within the Valley of the Kings, a discovery clouded by way of deception, during which triumph speedily became to tragedy; it's a tale, as she involves see, whose truths are either elusive and occluded, one who mirrors her personal. As Lord Carnarvon and the archaeologist Howard Carter strength the barren region to yield its treasures, Lucy unearths the extremes to which individuals are pushed by way of desire—even whilst those extremes contain construction a lifestyles round a lie.

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The Visitors: A Novel

From the hot York instances bestselling writer Sally Beauman comes an intensely atmospheric, spellbinding new edition of Lord Carnarvon's hunt for Tutankhamun's tomb in Egypt's Valley of the Kings.

Sent out of the country to Egypt in 1922 to get over the typhoid that has killed her mom, eleven-year-old Lucy turns into swept up within the feverish pleasure surrounding the quest for Tutankhamun's tomb. via her friendship with Frances, the daughter of an American archaeologist, Lucy witnesses first-hand the intrigue, politics, and passions surrounding this quest. Raised in an international within which adults are usually chilly and unpredictable, Lucy types an instantaneous bond with Frances. Their friendship sustains them all through adolescence, publications them during the class-ridden colonial society within which they develop up, and takes them into an grownup lifestyles that offers fulfilment—until it veers towards heartbreak.

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Everyone was hungry and thirsty. Some men were so tired they fell asleep while guarding the fort. NARRATOR 1: After twelve long days and nights, the attacks stopped. ENRIQUE: Mother, it’s so quiet. Maybe the fighting is done. NARRATOR 1: Suddenly, a terrible noise exploded into the darkness. SOUND: [guns and cannons] ANITA: Gregorio, wake up. Santa Anna’s soldiers have jumped the wall! NARRATOR 2: Santa Anna’s soldiers tore through the fort. They fired everywhere. They threw open the door to the chapel.

ENRIQUE: Mother, it’s so quiet. Maybe the fighting is done. NARRATOR 1: Suddenly, a terrible noise exploded into the darkness. SOUND: [guns and cannons] ANITA: Gregorio, wake up. Santa Anna’s soldiers have jumped the wall! NARRATOR 2: Santa Anna’s soldiers tore through the fort. They fired everywhere. They threw open the door to the chapel. Enrique felt sick. He wondered if he was about to die. He shut his eyes. The soldiers fired their weapons. NARRATOR 1: Bullets whizzed past the women and children, but the bullets missed them all.

Is it really safe to leave? GREGORIO: Even if we surrender, I do not think we will be allowed to live. I would rather die fighting. Please take the children and leave. I will stay and fight. ANITA: Our family will stay together. If they kill one, they can kill us all. GREGORIO: Our freedom is worth fighting for. Next Page — NARRATOR 2 The Script · 41 NARRATOR 2: The armistice ended. Day after day, the Anglos and the Tejanos in the Alamo fought hard against the Mexican Army. Supplies were running low.

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