The Lambs Of London
A tour de force in the tradition of Peter Ackroyd's HAWKSMOOR AND CHATTERTON, a gripping novel of betrayal and deceit set in the teeming streets of 19th-century London.
Paperback$19.95 RRPISBN: 9780099472094Published: 03/10/2005Imprint: VintageExtent: 224 pages
Hardback$44.95 RRPISBN: 9780701177447Published: 01/09/2004Imprint: Chatto & WindusExtent: 224 pages
At the centre of this intriguing, irresistible novel are the young Lambs: Charles, constrained by the tedium of his work as a clerk at the East India Company, taking refuge in a drink or three too many while spreading his wings as a young writer, and his clever, adoring sister Mary, confined by domesticity, an ailing, dotty father and a maddening mother- Into their lives comes William Ireland, an ambitious 17-year-old antiquarian and bookseller, anxious not only to impress his demanding showman of a father, but to make his mark on the literary world. When Ireland turns up a document in the handwriting of Shakespeare himself, he takes Mary into his confidence - but soon scholars and actors alike are beating a path to the little bookshop in Holborn Passage. Touching and tragic, ingenious, funny and vividly alive, this is Ackroyd at the top of his form in a masterly retelling of a 19th-century drama which keeps the reader guessing right to the end.
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