The Lambs of London: A Novel

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Nan A. Talese, 2004 - Fiction - 213 pages
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A tour de force in the tradition ofHawksmoorandChatterton, Peter Ackroyd’s new novel of deceit and betrayal is a witty reimagining of a great nineteenth-century Shakespeare forgery. Charles and Mary Lamb, who will achieve lasting fame as the authors ofTales from Shakespearefor children, are still living at their parents’ home. Charles, an aspiring writer bored stiff by his job as a clerk at the East India Company, enjoys a drink or three too many each night at the local pub. His sister, Mary, is trapped in domesticity, caring for her ailing, dotty father and her maddening mother. The siblings’ enchantment with Shakespeare provides a much-needed escape, and they delight in reading and quoting the great bard. When William Ireland, an ambitious young antiquarian bookseller, comes into their lives claiming to possess a “lost” Shakespearean play, the Lambs can barely contain their excitement. As word of the amazing find spreads, scholars and actors alike beat a path to Ireland’s door, and soon all of London is eagerly anticipating opening night of a star-studded production of the play. The perfect, lighthearted follow-up to Ackroyd’s magnificent biography of Shakespeare,The Lambs of Londontransforms the real-life literary hoax into an ingenious, intriguing drama that will keep readers guessing right to the end.

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User Review  - themulhern - LibraryThing

Peter Ackroyd loves London and part of the purpose of this story is to vividly recreate the lives of people living in London in 1796. This is the year in which the smallpox vaccine was first ... Read full review

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User Review  - gypsysmom - LibraryThing

I had heard of Mary and Charles Lamb. I even read some of their Shakespearian Tales when I was in high school. However, I don’t think I knew they were brother and sister and I certainly didn’t know ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
14
Section 2
33
Section 3
49
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Peter Ackroyd has won many prizes for his fiction including the Somerset Maugham Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize. He is the author of biographies of Dickens, Blake and Thomas More and of the bestselling London: The Biography and Illustrated London, as well as Albion.


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