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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.

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.

Reviews

'As always, Ackroyd brings the bustle, stench and hazards of nineteenth-century London vividly to life and keeps readers on their toes until the final page' Daily Mail

'A marvellously adroit tale' Penelope Lively, Independent

'Energetic and clever... The Lambs of London ingeniously combines two fact-based narratives and transforms them into a detective-cum-love story' Daily Telegraph

'Historically animated and emotionally fervent. Ackroyd turns the past into a private phantasmagoria of loving fakes and pungent terrors' Observer

'Clever, subtle and touching, often funny and always highly intelligent. A modern novel that requires a second reading - one which will be even more enjoyable and rewarding than the first' The Scotsman

'In Ackroyd's latest gem of historical fiction, he doesn't disappoint...superb...a vigorous and passionate novel' Time Out

'The Lambs of London displays Ackroyd's characteristic trademarks - tight, pitch-perfect prose...the historical and the fictional are so imaginatively intertwined' The Times

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099472094

    October 3, 2005

    Vintage

    224 pages

    RRP $22.99

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Also by Peter Ackroyd

Queer City
Alfred Hitchcock
Charlie Chaplin
Three Brothers
Wilkie Collins
London Under
The English Ghost
Venice
The Canterbury Tales
Poe
The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein
Thames: Sacred River
The Fall Of Troy
The Thames Box Set
The Thames: Sacred River Part 2
The Thames: Sacred River Part 3
Brief Lives 3 - Newton
Shakespeare
Shakespeare - The Biography: Vol IV
Shakespeare - The Biography: Vol I
Shakespeare - The Biography: Vol III
Turner
Chaucer
Albion

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