Sacred Hunger

Sacred HungerSacred Hunger

by Barry Unsworth
Historical Fiction
W.W. Norton, 1993
Paperpack, 629 pgs
$14.95

Winner of the 1992 Booker Prize, this is a riveting historical novel set in the Atlantic slave trade of the mid-18th Century.   The action unfolds aboard the Liverpool Merchant as it plies its triangular route from England to West Africa to the New World. Notwithstanding that the central themes are greed and violence, Unsworth relates them with compelling beauty and grace.