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Murder mystery based on the infamous life and death of Christopher Marlowe.

‘One of the most productive, imaginative and risk-taking of writers… It is a clever, sexually explicit, fast-moving, full blooded yarn’
Irish Times

A Dead Man in Deptford re-imagines the riotous life and suspicious death of Christopher Marlowe. Poet, lover and spy, Marlowe must negotiate the pressures placed upon him by theatre, Queen and country. Burgess brings this dazzling figure to life and pungently evokes Elizabethan England.


Legendary intoxication with language and wordplay is very much in evidence as he (Burgess) evokes the raw, freewheeling spirit of the Elizabethan age

The New York Times

The story is intensely true to the surfaces and smells of Elizabethan London, and also Burgess's own final meditation on his great themes, the sexual and artistic impulses, and their end in death. A masterpiece.

The Observer

If you want a Marlowe that breathes and an England that attacks the senses then you will find both in Anthony Burgess's astonishing final novel, A Dead Man in Deptford.

The Times

Burgess's novel moves with relish through fights, blasphemy and buggery to high talk of mathematics and necromancy in Raleigh's alternative think-tank, all written in well-judged pastiche.

The Independent

A fast, funny, flawless recreation

The Week, Hilary Mantel

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    February 1, 2011

    Vintage Classics

    288 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook


    July 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    288 pages

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