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The Walworth beauty

Author: Michèle Roberts
Publisher: London, UK : Bloomsbury Publishing, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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2011: When Madeleine loses her job as a lecturer, she decides to leave her riverside flat in cobbled Stew Lane, where history never feels far away and move to Apricot Place. Yet here too, in this quiet Walworth cul-de-sac, she senses the past encroaching: a shifting in the atmosphere, a current of unseen life. 1851: Joseph Benson has been employed by Henry Mayhew to help research his articles on the working classes.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Domestic fiction
Fiction
History
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michèle Roberts
ISBN: 9781408883396 1408883392 9781408883402 1408883406
OCLC Number: 962355589
Description: 389 pages ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Michèle Roberts.

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2011: When Madeleine loses her job as a lecturer, she decides to leave her riverside flat in cobbled Stew Lane, where history never feels far away and move to Apricot Place. Yet here too, in this quiet Walworth cul-de-sac, she senses the past encroaching: a shifting in the atmosphere, a current of unseen life. 1851: Joseph Benson has been employed by Henry Mayhew to help research his articles on the working classes. A family man with mouths to feed, Joseph is tasked with coaxing testimony from prostitutes. Roaming the Southwark streets, he is tempted by brothels' promises of pleasure - and as he struggles with his assignment, he seeks answers in Apricot Place, where the enigmatic Mrs Dulcimer runs a boarding house. As these entwined stories unfold, alive with the sensations of London past and present, the two eras brush against each other.

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A magnificent writer -- Helen Dunmore * Guardian * Michele Roberts is one of those writers descended perhaps as much from Monet and Debussy as Virginia Woolf or Keats ... To read a book by her is to Read more...

 
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