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The Earth, Thy Great Exchequer, Ready Lies Reviews

The Earth, Thy Great Exchequer, Ready Lies by Jo Lloyd

The Earth, Thy Great Exchequer, Ready Lies

Jo Lloyd

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1 review

Imprint: Swift Press
Publisher: Swift Press
Publication date: 4 Feb 2021
ISBN: 9781800750104
4 stars out of 5
Jude Cook
10 Feb 2021

"gestational, digressive, subtly allusive: more a patchwork quilt than a grid-iron system"

While there are occasionally jarring tonal shifts between the chatty, reader-addressing voice of the modern stories and the wise, dispassionate narrators of the historical tales, Lloyd’s crisp prose rings clear throughout. The theme of class divisions returns in the daringly structured title story about a 17th-century mercantile adventurer. Episodic, with many ellipses, it is neither efficient nor escalating, but gains its power from its undocumented stretches of time: “Years pass, then centuries. Wars are fought, empires spread and contract … The world is changed utterly.” Readers are allowed to put together the jigsaw for themselves.