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Based on a true story of discovery, The Visitors is New York Times bestselling author Sally Beauman’s brilliant recreation of the hunt for Tutankhamun’s tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings—a dazzling blend of fact and fiction that brings to life a lost world of exploration, adventure, and danger, and the audacious men willing to sacrifice everything to find a lost treasure.

In 1922, when eleven year-old Lucy is sent to Egypt to recuperate from typhoid, she meets Frances, the daughter of an American archaeologist. The friendship draws the impressionable young girl into the thrilling world of Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter, who are searching for the tomb of boy pharaoh Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings.

A haunting tale of love and loss, The Visitors retells the legendary story of Carter and Carnarvon’s hunt and their historical discovery, witnessed through the eyes of a vulnerable child whose fate becomes entangled in their dramatic quest. As events unfold, Lucy will discover the lengths some people will go to fulfill their deepest desires—and the lies that become the foundation of their lives.

Intensely atmospheric, The Visitors recalls the decadence of Egypt’s aristocratic colonial society, and illuminates the obsessive, daring men willing to risk everything—even their sanity—to claim a piece of the ancient past. As fascinating today as it was nearly a century ago, the search for King Tut’s tomb is made vivid and immediate in Sally Beauman’s skilled hands. A dazzling feat of imagination, The Visitors is a majestic work of historical fiction.

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Critical Praise

“[A] beautifully written novel, a tale of intertwined lives that is at once powerful and haunting. Beauman maintains the tension surrounding the tomb’s discovery.” —The Times (London)

“Atmospheric…. Sally Beauman’s fact-inspired story plunges readers into the thrilling search for King Tut’s tomb in 1922 Egypt.” —Parade

“There is much to delight in this book.…Nearly a century after King Tut’s discovery, Beauman manages to make both the lives of her fictional characters and those at the historical center of Tut’s unearthing riveting.” —New York Journal of Books

“Interesting, unusual and informative, it is greatly enjoyable.” —Literary Review

“This historical novel approaches…the 20th century’s most sensational archaeological event.… There are riches here.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Romance, deception, and colonial decadence.” —More magazine

“A book of astounding scholarship on Egyptology and the 1920s…. The novel’s…writing and characterizations are golden.” —Booklist(starred review)

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062302687
  • ISBN 10: 006230268X
  • Imprint: Harper
  • On Sale: 07/08/2014
  • Pages: 544
  • List Price: 34.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Historical
  • BISAC2: FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC3: FICTION / Coming of Age

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