The Manxman by Hall Caine
One of the most popular novels of its time, The Manxman is a romantic tale of love, heartbreak and redemption set on the Isle of Man. Kate Gregeen loves Peter Quillam who seeks his fortune abroad in order that he may marry her. Peter’s best friend Philip is to look after Kate while he is away. During Peter’s absence, Kate and Philip become lovers but Philip chooses his legal career over Kate. Peter returns having made his fortune and the consequences of each characters’ actions are played out. In his time Hall Caine was one of the most popular writers in the world. Translated into 12 languages, selling over half a million copies, and being made into films, including one by Hitchcock, this is his greatest novel.