Description - Lambs of London by Peter Ackroyd
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 nineteenth-century drama which keeps the reader guessing right to the end.
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(240mm x 153mm x 21mm)
Chatto & Windus
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Author Biography - Peter Ackroyd
Peter Ackroyd lives in London, and has won many prizes for his fiction including including the Somerset Maugham Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize. He is the master of historical fiction (see list opposite marked with asterisk) and the author of biographies of Dickens, Blake and Thomas More and of the bestselling London- The Biography and Illustrated London as well as Albion- the Origins of the English Imagination. He has written and presented TV series on Dickens (2002) and London. (coming in 2004) and was awarded a CBE for services of literature in the 2003 Honours List.