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Winner of the 1992 Booker Prize for Fiction Possibly the best novel Ive read in the last decade.—David Halberstam Sacred Hunger is a stunning and engrossing exploration of power, domination, and greed. Filled with the sacred hunger to expand its empire and its profits, England entered full into the slave trade and spread the trade throughout its colonies. In this Booker Prize-winning work, Barry Unsworth follows the failing fortunes of William Kemp, a merchant pinning his last chance to a slave ship his son who needs a fortune because he is in love with an upper-class woman and his nephew who sails on the ship as its doctor because he has lost all he has loved. The voyage meets its demise when disease spreads among the slaves and the captains drastic response provokes a mutiny.

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