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Appius and Virginia
Appius and Virginia

Appius and Virginia


240 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $33.95)

Publication Date: April 2021

ISBN 9781785632181

Rights: US & CA

Eye Books (Apr 2021)
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Virginia Hutton embarks upon an experiment. She will take an ape and raise it as a human child…She purchases an infant orangutan and names him Appius. She clothes him, feeds him, and puts him to bed in a cot every night. As Appius grows older, she teaches him to dress himself, to speak, to read, to stand and walk up straight, to eat his meals at the dining table with a knife and fork. She teaches him how to be human. The young orangutan is not always a willing student. Their relationship becomes fraught and flits between that of mother and child, teacher and student, scientist and experiment. But as Appius gains knowledge he moves ever closer to the one discovery Virginia does not want him to make: that of his true origins.


"One of the most important novelists of our day" Times Literary Supplement "A brilliant debut" – Spectator

Author Biography

Gertrude Eileen Trevelyan was born in Bath in 1903 to an affluent family descended from Somerset gentry. She went to school in West London and then to Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, where in 1927 she made headlines throughout the English-speaking world as the first-ever female winner of the Newdigate Prize for poetry. With the help of a private family income, she moved to a flat in Kensington where she proceeded to write eight published novels in nine years. Her career was cut short when her flat was damaged during the Blitz in October 1940. Badly injured, she died four months later.