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by Robert Edric

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  • ISBN 0857520008
  • ISBN13 978-0857520005
  • Language English
  • Author Robert Edric
  • Publisher Doubleday UK (April 26, 2011)
  • Pages 368
  • Formats doc azw lrf txt
  • Category Fiction
  • Size ePub 1797 kb
  • Size Fb2 1392 kb
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 249

The astonishing new historical novel from one of the UK's most talented literary writers. It is the summer of 1891 and London is simmering under an oppressive heatwave. The air is thick with tension and sexual repression. But another wave is about to rock the capital -- one of morality -- as Oliver Wheeler and the puritans of his London Vigilance Committee seek out perversion and aberrant behaviour in all its forms. Charles Webster, an impoverished photographer working for famed actor-manager Henry Irving at the Lyceum Theatre, has been sucked into a shadowy demi-monde which exists beneath the surface of civilized society. It is a world of pornographers and prostitutes, corralled under the sinister leadership of master photographer and manipulator Marlow, to whom Webster illicitly provides theatrical costumes for pornographic shoots. But knowledge of this enterprise has somehow reached the Lyceum's upright theatre manager, Bram Stoker, who suspects Webster's involvement. As the net appears to tighten around Marlow and his cohorts, a member of the aristocracy is accused of killing a child prostitute, and public outrage sweeps the capital. It is the worst possible time for Webster's wife to announce she is to become a professional medium. The London Satyr is a brilliant summoning of the last decade of Victorian England. At a time when public morality has never been more extreme nor superstition more prevalent, below the surface swirls a fetid and ever-quickening current of perversity and exploitation.From the Trade Paperback edition.

The London Satyr is a brilliant summoning of the last decade of Victorian England. ROBERT EDRIC was born in 1956

The London Satyr is a brilliant summoning of the last decade of Victorian England. At a time when public morality has never been more extreme nor superstition more prevalent, below the surface swirls a fetid and ever-quickening current of perversity and exploitation. ROBERT EDRIC was born in 1956. His novels include Winter Garden (1985 James Tait Black Prize winner), A New Ice Age (1986 runner-up for the 1986 Guardian Fiction Prize), The Book of the Heathen (shortlisted for the 2001 WH Smith Literary Award), Peacetime (longlisted for the Booker Prize 2002), Gathering the Water (longlisted for the Booker Prize 2006) and In.

A vivid, sometimes ironical, portrait of the Victorian obsession with sex and death

A vivid, sometimes ironical, portrait of the Victorian obsession with sex and death. Seedy photographer Charles Webster and his spiritualist wife perfectly exemplify this obsession and also the Victorian capacity for self-delusion - which makes for fascinating but far from easy reading. In the meantime, if you know any books with non-binary main characters you think we should include, please let us know. Success against the odds.

The curious thing about Robert Edric's historical novels is how un- or even anti-historical they are. Most writers, set to work on the London pornography trade of the 1890s, would be falling over themselves to offer lubricious details. Most writers, set to work on the London pornography trade of the 1890s, would be falling over themselves to offer lubricious details from late-Victorian gazetteers, but apart from a glance or two at hansom cabs, gas-jet lighting and Ellen Terry-era dress styles, The London Satyr could have been set virtually anywhere

The London Satyr book. I've always thought of Robert Edric as the poor man's Barry Unsworth.

The London Satyr book. He has moved between historical periods and genres throughout his career,yet he never quite gets the most out of anything despite his years of experience. There is a blandness to his style, and a tin ear for the figurative that here might be attributable to his first person narrator's shortcomings, but is so prevalent elsewhere in his work that I doubt it.

BY ROBERT EDRIC (Doubleday £1. 9). Edric mixes a potent brew, and the real characters, such as Bram Stoker, author of Dracula and dabbler in the occult, fit nicely into the fictional plot. By Clare Colvin for MailOnline Updated: 12:57 EST, 3 March 2011. Victorian prurience and pornography feature heavily in Edric’s historical novel set in London’s theatrical world. The novel takes a long time to gather steam, though, with too many enigmatic conversations leading nowhere. When Edric does finally get into his stride, he ratchets up the tension. The ending is a masterstroke of the ironic and the macabre.

Robert Edric was born in 1956. His novels include Winter Garden (James Tait Black Prize winner 1986), A New Ice Age (runner-up for the Guardian Fiction Prize 1986), The Book of the Heathen (winner of the WH Smith LIterary Award 2000), Peacetime (longlisted for the Booker Prize 2002), Gathering the Water (longlisted for the Booker Prize 2006) and In Zodiac.

Robert Edric (born 14 April 1956) is the pseudonym of Gary Edric Armitage, a British novelist born in Sheffield. His trilogy of detective novels, Cradle Song, Siren Song, and Swan Song, also known as the "Song Cycle," are set in the city of Hull. Winter Garden (1985) – winner, 1985 James Tait Black Award. A New Ice Age (1986) – runner up, 1986 Guardian Fiction Award.