Ann Featherstone The Newgate Jig

ISBN 13: 9780857353801

The Newgate Jig

 
9780857353801: The Newgate Jig

A hanging always draws a crowd. But not everyone there has come to jeer at the condemned man. George Kevill's young son Barney is in the front row, and he knows his father is innocent. There are others there who know George is innocent, too - and the men who set him up have every reason to want to silence his boy . . .Narrowly escaping the clutches of the sinister Nasty Man, young Barney finds sanctuary at the London Aquarium amongst his father's bohemian friends: Bob Chapman, whose performing dogs Brutus and Nero astonish audiences every night, the exquisite doll-lady, Princess Tiny, and her admirer, the giant Herr Swann. Together with Fortinbras Horatio Trimmer, aspiring novelist and meantime author of penny dreadfuls and popular plays, they will protect Barney and seek to uncover the conspiracy behind a dark secret that lies at the heart of the Victorian establishment.

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About the Author:

Ann Featherstone is Lecturer in Performance History at Manchester University and Researcher in Drama at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is the author of several non-fiction books about the Victorian entertainment industry including The Victorian Clown, with Jacky Bratton. Her first novel, Walking in Pimlico is published by John Murray.

Review:

'Smacks of period authenticity... written in a literary style that is of a far greater quality than the genre normally attracts... a compelling plot. Walking in Pimlico is an excellent debut novel.' * The British Theatre Guide Newsletter! * 'Up there with the work of Angela Carter and Sarah Waters... a gripping and accomplished Victorian murder mystery. A wildly inventive romp through the lowlife of 19th-century England. Extremely hard to put down.'#include file="m63-article-related-attachements.html" * The Times * 'Appearances deceive and secrets are deadly in this creepy murder mystery. Perfect for those darker nights!' * Debbie McQuoid, Look *

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