Close
Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Search
The Known World
Foyalty 26
The Known World (Paperback)
Order now for Free delivery in the UK for orders over £10 or choose Express Delivery to receive in 2 business days. More on delivery...
Order Options List Price Online Price Save Availability Login for Quick Checkout
Delivery:

To home, business or free to our stores. Click for more info.

£8.99 £6.56 27%

Despatched in 2 business days.

Add to Basket
Click & Collect:

Order now to collect from 12noon today. In stock items only. Click for more info.

£8.99 £8.09 10%

In stock in 1 or more stores

Buy - Select Store
New & Used:

Our marketplace sellers will deliver to your chosen address. Click for more info.

From £1.43  

In stock at one or more sellers.

Buy - Select Seller

Product Synopsis

Masterful, Pulitzer-prize winning literary epic about the painful and complex realities of slave life on a Southern plantation. An utterly original exploration of race, trust and the cruel truths of human nature, this is a landmark in modern American literature. Henry Townsend, a black farmer, boot maker, and former slave, becomes proprietor of his own plantation - as well as his own slaves. When he dies, his widow, Caldonia, succumbs to profound grief, and things begin to fall apart: slaves take to escaping under the cover of night, and families who had once found love beneath the weight of slavery begin to betray one another. Beyond the Townsend household, the known world also unravels: low-paid white patrollers stand watch as slave 'speculators' sell free black people into slavery, and rumours of slave rebellions set white families against slaves who have served them for years. An ambitious, luminously written novel that ranges from the past to the present, The Known World seamlessly weaves together the lives of the freed and the enslaved - and allows all of us a deeper understanding of the enduring multi-dimensional world created by the institution of slavery.

Fiction & Poetry >> Modern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication Date: 05/07/2004 ISBN-13: 9780007195305  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
Availability: Despatched in 2 business days. Login for Quick Checkout Add to Basket

More books by Edward P. Jones

Customer Reviews

This was a book club book and initially I was hesitant as I wasn't keen on reading a 'slavery book'. I'm so glad that I did thought -- it is an amazing read. Jones shows a side of slavery that is usually overlooked -- blacks owning slaves, how the freed manage cope in a slavery-world. His storytelling is definitely masterful! I would recommend this to anyone.

- 19/12/2011 Report this Review
 
 
 
Leave Review

Delivery

Please note for the New & Used Marketplace different terms and conditions apply.

Delivery Options

All delivery times quoted are the average, and cannot be guaranteed. These should be added to the availability message time, to determine when the goods will arrive. During checkout we will give you a cumulative estimated date for delivery.

Location1st BookEach additional bookAverage Delivery Time
UK Second ClassAvailable free for orders over £10* or £2.50Available free for orders over £10* or £1.003-7 Days
UK First Class£4.50£1.001-2 Days
UK Courier£7.00£1.001-2 Days
Western Europe** Courier£17.00£3.002-3 Days
Western Europe** Airmail£5.00£1.504-14 Days
USA / Canada Courier£20.00£3.002-4 Days
USA / Canada Airmail£7.00£3.004-14 Days
Rest of World Courier£22.50£3.003-6 Days
Rest of World Airmail£8.00£3.007-21 Days

* Available free for orders over £10 = When offered a delivery preference choose 'For Cheapest Postage' for our freepost in the UK offer. This is not available on the 'For Faster Delivery' option.

** Includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Irish Republic, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Delivery Help & FAQs

Returns Information

If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase*, you may return it to us in its original condition with in 30 days of receiving your delivery or collection notification email for a refund. Except for damaged items or delivery issues the cost of return postage is borne by the buyer. Your statutory rights are not affected.

* For Exclusions and terms on damaged or delivery issues see Returns Help & FAQs

You might also like

One Man's Bible
One Man's Bible (Paperback)
Xingjian Gao; Gao Xingjian; Mabel Lee
 
Desiring Cairo
Desiring Cairo (Paperback)
Louisa Young
 
About Grace
About Grace (Paperback)
Anthony Doerr
 
Iris and Ruby
Iris and Ruby (Hardback)
Rosie Thomas
 
Your Shopping Basket
Total number of items: 0
Sub total: £0.00
Edit Basket Go to Checkout
Select Currency: $ £
enCounter Culture
Signed Books and Copies
Animators Survival Kit
Latest Blog
Helping kids discover London's wildlife
23/10/2014

Autumn's natural wonders, even in a city like London, can offer all manner of fun and adventure this half-term, suggests Laura from our Royal Festival Hall shop.

GUEST BLOG: Poetry and art - a wartime romance
17/10/2014

Christiana Spens, illustrator and Director of 3:AM Press, looks at the the important relationship between books and the artwork that adorns them.

A book is for life, not just for GCSE
14/10/2014

Charlotte from our Bristol branch on how the books we read at school often resonate with us throughout lives, as well as starting us out on a lifelong journey of literary discovery.

View all Blog Entries
Twitter
© W&G Foyle Ltd
Version: 1.0.0.19527