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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Review: Lemprière's DictionaryUser 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
Review: Lemprière's DictionaryUser 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
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