Kept: A Novel [Paperback]

Item : Kept: A Novel [Paperback]
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Author Author : Taylor, D. J.
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0061146099
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780061146091
Publisher Publisher : Harper Perennial
Pages Pages : 480
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100085000

When Henry Ireland dies unexpectedly from what appears to be a riding accident in August 1863, the failed landowner leaves behind little save his high-strung young widow, Isabel—who somehow ends up in the home of Ireland's friend James Dixey. A celebrated naturalist, Dixey collects strange trophies in his secluded, decaying manse and has questionable associations with rather unsavory characters—including a pair of thuggish poachers named Dewar and Dunbar. Dixey's precocious, inquisitive young servant, Esther, cannot turn a blind eye to the suspicious activities surrounding her. While in the crime-ridden streets of London, a determined captain of Scotland Yard follows the threads that may well link a daring train robbery to the disappearance of a disturbed heiress as well as to the possible murder of Henry Ireland.

D. J. Taylor'sKeptis a gorgeously intricate, dazzling reinvention of Victorian life and passions that is also a riveting investigation into some of the darkest, most secret chambers of the human heart.

...a genuinely fascinating reading experience&a powerful contribution to the changing practice of historical fiction.A tour-de-force in the style of Dickens. The eccentrics and Victoriana are&captivating.Intriguing.Taylor has captured the essence of the Victorian novel and weaves it through his gripping narrative.A gripping tale, crafted with passion and intelligence, and an honorable addendum to the golden age of the English novel.A smartly satisfying novel&Intricate and vividly realized&a pin-sharp recreation of 19th century life....a playful reimagining of historyKept is a great read. It intrigues, diverts and delights. It is clever and intricate and huge fun.It is unlikely that many such offerings will equal, let alone surpass, D.J. Taylors KeptA marvel of intricacy and ingenuity. Dickens and his peers would surely have approved.

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