Tom-All-Alone's (Paperback)
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Tom-All-Alone's (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 06/09/2012
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The story of Tom-All-Alone's takes place in the 'space between' two masterpieces of mid-Victorian fiction: Bleak House and The Woman in White - overlapping with them, and re-imagining them for a contemporary reader, with a modern understanding of the grimmer realities of Victorian society. Charles Maddox, dismissed from the police force, is working as a private detective and can only hope to follow in his uncle's formidable footsteps as an eminent thief-taker. On a cold and bright Autumn morning, a policeman calls on Charles at his lodgings with information that may be related to a case he is working on. He goes to a ruined cemetery to find a shallow grave containing the remains of four babies has been discovered. After examining them he concludes they are not related to his investigation, which is to find a young girl abandoned in a workhouse 16 years before, when her mother died. But all is not as it first appears. As he's drawn into another case at the behest of the eminent but feared lawyer, Edward Tulkinghorn, London's sinister underbelly begins to emerge. From the first gruesome murder, Charles has a race against time to establish the root of all evil. Tom's-All-Alone is 'Dickens but darker' - without the comedy, without the caricature, and a style all its own. The novel explores a dark underside of Victorian life that Dickens and Collins hinted at - a world in which young women are sexually abused, unwanted babies summarily disposed of, and those that discover the grim secrets of great men brutally eliminated.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781780331690

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“Great read!”

This book is a 're-imagination' of Bleak House, The French Lieutentant's Woman and The Woman in White. Having read the latter two novels but only having seen the TV adapation of Bleak House, I thought... More

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28th September 2012
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This book is superb, its stories are multi-faceted and are disparate right up until the end, the characters are interesting, and the narrative strikes a beautiful balance between reflecting the Victorian style and... More

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25th August 2013
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“A great, modern take on the Victorian novel”

Lynn Shepherd's novel has been inspired by Dickens' "Bleak House," and some of Dickens' characters elbow their way into "Tom-All-Alone's." The opening of the novel finds Lynn... More

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1st January 2013
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