The Lambs of London
By Peter Ackroyd
(Anchor, Paperback, 9781400079582, 224pp.)
Publication Date: July 10, 2007
Other Editions of This Title: Compact Disc
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From the author of Chatterton and Shakespeare: A Biography comes a gripping novel set in London that re-imagines an infamous 19th-century Shakespeare forgery. Charles and Mary Lamb, who will in time achieve lasting fame as the authors of Tales from Shakespeare for Children, are still living at home, caring for their dotty and maddening parents. Reading Shakespeare is the siblings’ favorite reprieve, and they are delighted when an ambitious young bookseller comes into their lives claiming to possess a ‘lost’ Shakespearea play. Soon all of London is eagerly anticipating opening night of a star-studded production of the play not knowing that they have all been duped by charlatan and a fraud.
Peter Ackroyd (CBE) is a master of the historical novel: The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde won the Somerset Maugham Award; Hawksmoor was awarded both the Whitbread Novel of the Year and the Guardian Fiction Prize; and Chatterton was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. His most recent historical novels are The Clerkenwell Tales, The Trial of Elizabeth Cree, Milton in America, and The Plato Papers.
“A delicately cut historical novel about the Bard's greatest, boldest, maddest fans. . . oddly affecting and thoroughly entertaining.”—The Washington Post Book World“A delicious entertainment, faithful to its period, but done with the lightest of touches. . . Nobody knows this world better than Peter Ackroyd, and his latest foray into bygone London finds him at the top of his form.”—The Sunday Telegraph“Ingenious and mesmerizing. . . . A dazzling novel about false truths and real-seeming lies.”—The San Francisco Chronicle“Gothic and wry, with a sweet-and-sour mix of tragedy and comedy worthy of a Romantic-period Shakespeare forgery, The Lambs of London builds to . . . a moving crescendo.”—Newsday