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The Players by Margaret Sweatman

The Players by Margaret Sweatman

Two French explorers arrive in Court to charm two ships from the English King. The rest, as they say, is history . . . or perhaps not. Set in the libertine era of Restoration England, The Players embarks on a voyage of discovery with compelling characters, a magical plot, and stunning imagery.

A tale of beginnings and of invention, this remarkable novel takes on the 17th century with a contemporary sensibility. Here, the ability to perform – in Court, on stage, in private quarters, and in the brutal cold of James Bay – might save your life . . . and Lilly Cole must play along with the best of them.

Sly, provocative, and ingeniously funny, Sweatman’s prose explores the deep well of human motivation, how instinct trumps reason when survival is in question.

Nominated for the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction and the McNally Robinson Book of the Year.  One of the Globe and Mail’s Top 100 best Books of 2009.

“Margaret Sweatman’s historical novel is far grittier and realistic than the period pieces you’ll see on TV or at the movie theatre. And more erotic, too… Sweatman’s writing flows as smoothly as a muscular northern river, with a stunning control of voice. She keeps the reader engaged every moment, introducing us to a company of intriguing characters.” ~ - Mark Frutkin, The Globe and Mail

“Margaret Sweatman’s The Players is the kind of novel that just feeds the desire for and appreciation of good writing. I read it and loved it as a reader, but I appreciated it, and was inspired by it, as a writer as well…” ~ Inkslinger, The Over Decorated Bookcase.

“The Players is a magical tale, much akin to Douglas Glover’s Elle and Bill Gaston’s The Order of Good Cheer…this is a wonderfully humourous tale filled with playful language.” ~ Andrew Armitage, The Sun Times

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