Barry Unsworth

Barry Unsworth was a British author known for his historical fiction novels. He was born on August 10, 1930, in Durham, England, and passed away on June 5, 2012. Unsworth's work often explored themes of social justice and moral dilemmas, and he is particularly famous for his novel 'Sacred Hunger', which won the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1992. His writing is characterized by meticulous research and a deep understanding of the historical periods he depicted.


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  1. 1. Sacred Hunger

    "Sacred Hunger" is a historical novel that explores the Atlantic slave trade in the 18th century. The story follows the journey of a Liverpool merchant's ship, filled with slaves, as it travels from Africa to the Americas. The narrative delves into the harsh realities of the slave trade, the inhuman conditions aboard the ship, and the moral complexities faced by the crew. After a mutiny, the survivors establish a utopian community in Florida, only to face the threat of civilization once again. The novel is a profound examination of greed, power, and the human capacity for cruelty.