Tennyson'S Gift

Tennyson'S Gift

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In July 1864, a corner of the Isle of Wight is buzzing with literary and artistic creativity. A morose Tennyson is reciting 'Maud' to empty sofas; the photographer Julia Margaret Cameron is white-washing the roses for visual effect and the mismatched couple Ellen Terry and G.F. Watts are thrown into the company of the remarkable Lorenzo Fowler, the American phrenologist, and his daughter Jessie. Enter mathematician Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll), known to Jessie as the 'fiendish pedagogue', and Lynne Truss's wonderfully imaginative cocktail of Victorian seriousness and riotous farce begins to take flight.show more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 127 x 197mm
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1861977131
  • 9781861977137

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'A comic novel of subtle distinction... A richly entertaining book, and at times a very moving one' - The Times 'An enormously entertaining novel, with some terrific writing throughout... a fast-moving farce which allows her sideswipes at the foibles of the famous. It is a delicious confection with some marvellous one-liners' - Sunday Telegraph '[A] wonderfully inventive jeu d'esprit... This epic of the Isle of Wight's literary apogee is virtually the perfect summer book. No deck-chair will be complete without it' - Independent 'A rollicking read. It is mischievous, light-hearted and fun, and it certainly made me want to find out more about the Freshwater circle' - Elisa Segrave, The Literary Reviewshow more

About Lynne Truss

Lynne Truss is the author of the international number one bestseller Eats, Shoots and Leaves. She has also written three other comic books, With One Lousy Free Packet of Seeds, Going Loco and Making the Cat Laugh, which will be published by Profile. She is one of the regular presenters on a Radio 4, most recently of two series, one on punctuation and the other on the alphabet. She is a Times columnist and a guest presenter on Pick of the Week and many other programmes. She lives in Brighton.show more

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129 ratings
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4 26% (33)
3 38% (49)
2 10% (13)
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