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  • Published: 18 August 2020
  • ISBN: 9781786332035
  • Imprint: Hutchinson
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $32.99

The Intoxicating Mr Lavelle




1764: Two brothers are sent off on a Grand Tour of Europe to meet People of Quality. Instead they meet the man who will destroy everything.

'Seductive, decadent, cruel and utterly thrilling - just like Horace Lavelle himself. This is The Talented Mr Ripley for the twenty-first century.' Emma Flint, author of Little Deaths

'Wildly entertaining and painfully heartbreaking . Neil Blackmore writes with a fizzy wit that bounds his characters off the page.' Ben Aldridge

When Benjamin and Edgar Bowen embark on a Grand Tour of Europe, they are ready to meet People of Quality. They have trunks full of powdered silver wigs and matching suits, a hunger to experience the architectural wonders of Ancient Rome and an ability to quote Voltaire (at length). They will make connections and establish themselves in high society, just as their mother has planned.

But it soon becomes apparent that their outfits are not quite the right shade of grey, their smiles are too ready, their appreciation of the arts ridiculous. Class, they learn, is not something that can be studied.

Benjamin's true education begins when he meets Horace Lavelle. Beautiful, charismatic, seductive, Lavelle delights in skewering the pretensions and prejudices of their milieu. He consumes Benjamin's every thought.

Love can transform a person. Can it save them?

  • Published: 18 August 2020
  • ISBN: 9781786332035
  • Imprint: Hutchinson
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $32.99

About the author

Neil Blackmore

Neil Blackmore never had any intention of becoming a writer. He wrote his first novel at work to fill time at a boring job. He published his first novel in his twenties but then spent most of his thirties travelling the world. THE INTOXICATING MR LAVELLE is his third novel. He lives in London.

Praise for The Intoxicating Mr Lavelle

Seductive, decadent, cruel and utterly thrilling – just like Horace Lavelle himself. This is The Talented Mr Ripley for the twenty-first century.

Emma Flint, author of 'Little Deaths'

I gorged myself with wicked glee on Horace Lavelle, and his scandalous joyride through society. Thrillingly cruel, heartbreakingly tender and altogether exhilarating; don’t believe a word Lavelle says but relish every one of them.

Zoe Gilbert, author of 'Folk'

Wildly entertaining and painfully heartbreaking … a surprisingly timeless journey of self-discovery and the queer experience. Neil Blackmore writes with a fizzy wit that bounds his characters off the page and yet a gentle tenderness that may break your heart.

Ben Aldridge

A dark and sexy whirl across the Continent on a Grand Tour like no other. Under the spell of the dangerous, delicious Horace Lavelle, every Enlightenment certainty is undone, every taboo is broken and every hypocrisy is wildly and thoroughly trampled.

Alix Christie, author of 'Gutenberg's Apprentice'

Sexy, smart, funny, dark. Get ready for the intoxicating Mr Lavelle!

Anna Mazzola, author of 'The Story Keeper'

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