The Glass of Time

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McClelland & Stewart, Jun 16, 2009 - Fiction - 544 pages
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A page-turning late-Victorian mystery by a master, The Glass of Time is for fans of The Meaning of Night and for readers new to Michael Cox alike.

Picking up the lives of characters from the first novel some twenty years later, The Glass of Time begins in 1876. Nineteen-year-old orphan Esperanza Gorst arrives from Paris at the great country house of Evenwood to become lady’s maid to the 26th Baroness Tansor, the former Miss Emily Carteret. But Esperanza is no ordinary servant. She has been sent by her guardian, the mysterious “Madame,” to uncover the secrets that her new mistress has concealed for decades, and to set right a past injustice which — although Esperanza does not know it — is intimately linked with her own future as well as her past.

Gradually, those secrets are revealed, and with them the true identities of nearly every character — for it seems that no one in Esperanza’s world is who she believes them to be. She finds herself enmeshed in a complicated web of intrigue, deceit, and murder that culminates in a devastating betrayal by those she trusted most.

Richly textured and elegantly told, The Glass of Time is a completely enveloping tale of identity, of the unexpected consequences of hidden truths, and of what can happen when past obsessions impose themselves on an unwilling present.


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The glass of time: the secret life of Miss Esperanza Gorst: narrated by herself

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When orphaned 19-year-old Esperanza Gorst is hired as a lady's maid by Baroness Tansor of Evenwood in 1876, she does not understand her role in a complex plan to restore the Duport family succession ... Read full review

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Contents

A House of Secrets Prologue My Lady and Her Sons
3
In My Ladys Chamber
16
z In Which a Friend is Made
31
The First Day Ends
49
Nightmares and Memories
62
A Walk with Mr Randolph
73
In Which Madames First Letter is Opened
93
In Memoriam P R D
102
A Child is Born
276
In Which Madames Third Letter is Opened
286
Duty and Desire 23 At North Lodge
301
Snow and Secrets 3 15
321
A Lingering Scent of Violets
329
The Old Man of Billiter Street
344
2 The Temptation of Mr Perseus
359
To the South
371

Secret Stirrings 8 Professor Slake is Buried
113
In W hich Madames Second Letter is Opened
123
Dark House Lane
128
An Announcement in The Times
143
Mrs Prout Remembers
154
In the House of Death
166
A Gift from Mr Thornhaugh
184
The Past Awakens 15 The Resurrection of Edwin Gorst
199
Miss Blantyre Meets Her Fate
212
i In Which Lady Tansor Opens Her Heart
224
Thirty at Table and What Followed
236
A Voice from the Past
249
In Which Mr Vysc Bares His Teeth
261
An Italian Spring
381
Times Revenge 30 Mr Barleys Black Box
395
A Fatal Correspondence
413
The Consequences of a Lie
428
In Which Certain Truths are Faced at Last
439
Retribution
456
The Last Sunrise
470
Aftermath
483
Inheritance
500
Envoi 5
516
Acknowledgements
529
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About the author (2009)

Michael Cox is the editor of The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories and The Oxford Book of Victorian Detective Stories, and the biographer of the ghost-story writer and scholar M.R. James. He lives with his wife in rural Northamptonshire. His first novel, the internationally acclaimed The Meaning of Night, was shortlisted for the 2007 Costa First Novel Award, and he was nominated for Waterstone’s Newcomer of the Year at the 2006 Galaxy British Book Awards.


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