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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of The Lace Weaver.

London, 1702. When her husband is lost at sea, Mary Burton Gulliver, midwife and herbalist, is forced to rebuild her life without him. But three years later when Lemuel Gulliver is brought home, fevered and communicating only in riddles, her ordered world is turned upside down. 

In a climate of suspicion, poverty and violence, Mary is caught in a crossfire of superstition and fear driven by her husband’s outlandish claims of the wonders he has seen, and it is up to her to navigate a passage to safety for herself and her daughter, and the vulnerable women in her care.

But when a fellow sailor, a dangerous man with nothing to lose, appears to hold sway over her husband, Mary’s world descends deeper into chaos, and she must set out on her own journey to discover the truth of Gulliver’s travels...and the landscape of her own heart.

©2020 Lauren Chater (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

Gulliver’s Wife is utterly spellbinding. Lauren Chater is a master of story-weaving and exquisite detail. I adored this book.” (Melissa Ashley, best-selling author of The Birdman’s Wife.) 

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As historical fiction it's beautifully written, but it's tedious at times and the story is ultimately mundane.
Gulliver's Wife is the antithesis of Gulliver's Travels.

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an interesting take on Gulliver's return

More importantly an excellent insight into the life of women, midwives and a seafarer's wife. well written and performed.

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