The Visitors

The Visitors

A Novel

Book - 2014
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Baker & Taylor
"Built around Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter's discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings, this evocative novel from New York Times-bestselling author Sally Beauman blends fact and fiction to recreate a lost world that's still fiercely enthralling and relevant today"--


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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In 1922, Lucy, sent to Egypt to recuperate, becomes friends with Frances, the daughter of an American archaeologist, and is drawn into the exciting world of Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter and their search for King Tut's tomb.
In 1922, 11-year-old Lucy, sent to Egypt to recuperate from typhoid, becomes friends with Frances, the daughter of an American archaeologist, and is drawn into the exciting world of Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter and their search for King Tut's tomb in the Valley of the Kings. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2014
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780062302687
Branch Call Number: FIC BEA
Characteristics: xii, 529 p. :,maps ;,24 cm.


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LoganLib_Phoebe Sep 13, 2018

A wonderful read with real life historical characters such as Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon. Young Lucy becomes caught up in the excitement surrounding the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb. She witnesses events through a child's eyes but through her observations soon learns about the motivations, character and intentions of the adults around her.

Mar 17, 2018

This is such a good book-kept me up at night. 11 year old Lucy is one of the visitors to the Valley of The Kings in Egypt. She and her indomitable nanny/companion Miss Mack are witnesses to history as they are there when King Tut's tomb is discovered.
There is a cast of characters including Lord Carnarvon the sponsor of the dig led by archaeologist Howard Carter. Carter has a hunch he will find something and perseveres despite mounting evidence that there is nothing more to be found.
We follow Lucy's friendship with Frances who is at the dig, the daughter of Herbert Winlock field director for the Met. Museum. And many more characters both real and fictional.
The novel moves back and forth in time as the lives intertwine. The changing roles for women are also skillfully introduced.
An interesting side note, Lord Carnarvon lived at Highclere Castle later to become famous as 'Downton Abbey'.
Also at the Royal B.C. Museum starting in May is the exhibition 'Egypt In the Time of the Pharaoh's'. It features more than 300 original artifacts some 4,500 years old.
Will be seeing this!

Nov 21, 2016

This was a terrific book!!!! Could not put it down. Sally Beauman intertwined the fictional and non-fictional characters in a seamless way. The history part of the finding of Tutankhamun's burial place and the 'hype' that surrounded it was fascinating - and I had to revert back on numerous occasions to see who were the fictional characters and who were not!! It moved back and forth with such an ease - and I did not want the book to end.
I like to read for pleasure and enjoy a book with a great story - this was it. Now I will have to read a dozen more before I make another "find".
Love the library - thank you.

KHaney Sep 19, 2015

Excellent historical fiction based on the discovery of King Tutankhamen's tomb, through the eyes of a young British girl. Loved this book! If you are a Downton Abbey Fan, you will enjoy the Highclere Castle characters and scenes.

Feb 28, 2015

I cannot forget this book, although I like the parts where the girls are children and observers of the adults who actually did the work in locating King Tut's tomb, I was less enamored with the parts about their lives as older women. It was an interesting construct, and not awful, I am not sure why it was felt that it added to the story? I think that I had wished that the importance of being young and being at Luxor had made their lives as older women more significant, but I have lived long enough to know that it does not seem to work out that way. It certainly didn't in this work.

Feb 10, 2015

I honestly wish I could say I like this book. But I am only on page 81 and it is so boring I am not sure I can finish it. There is no plot, just chattering characters, through which the author is trying to tell us the story of the discovery of the tomb of King Tut. I like archeology. I like Egyptian stuff. I like historical fiction. But, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

ChristchurchLib Jul 24, 2014

Sent to Egypt by her grandparents to recover from the typhoid fever that claimed her mother's life, grief-stricken 11-year-old Lucy befriends Frances, the daughter of American archaeologists. As the girls explore Cairo, Luxor, and the Valley of the Kings, they become eyewitnesses to the events that unfold as Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon excavate King Tutankhamen's tomb -- including the effects of the so-called "pharaoh's curse" that afflicts the expedition.
Historical Fiction July 2014 Newsletter.

debwalker Jul 11, 2014

Featured on Shelf Awareness: "Discover: An ambitious novel set in 1920s Egypt, as archeologists explored ancient tombs in search of the prize of a lifetime."

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