Lemprière's Dictionary

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Grove Press, May 1, 2003 - Fiction - 529 pages
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An international best-seller and winner of the Somerset Maugham Prize, Lempriere's Dictionary is the debut novel from Lawrence Norfolk, one of England's most innovative, internationally acclaimed young authors. In eighteenth-century London, John Lempriere works feverishly on a celebrated dictionary of classical mythology that bears his name. He discovers a conspiracy against his family dating back 150 years. Told with the narrative drive of a political thriller and a Dickensian panorama of place and time, this astonishing tale encompasses the Great Voyages of Discovery, multinational financial conspiracies, and a motley cast of scholars and eccentrics, drunken aristocrats, whores and assassins, and octogenarian pirates, all brilliantly depicted across three continents and the world of classical mythology.
  

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User Review  - Peter - Goodreads

I really wanted to love this book, it has so many of the elements I usually find irresistible. A book figures prominently and maybe even meta fictionally. A sweeping period of historical time. Secret ... Read full review

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User Review  - GL - Goodreads

Apparently, "historical conspiracy suspense mystery" is a genre of its own. This book predates The Da Vinci Code by a dozen years, though, and aims for a more eclectic audience. It is erudite, witty ... Read full review

Contents

The Voyage Out
1
Caesarea
15
London
56
Paris
217
Rochelle
421
Settlement
512
Copyright

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About the author (2003)

Lawrence Norfolk is one of Britain's most highly acclaimed young novelists. He is author of the critically acclaimed novels In the Shape of a Boar and The Pope's Rhinoceros.

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