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Discover the enthralling Richard & Judy Book Club pick for winter 2020 from international bestseller Joseph O'Connor.

'Breathtaking... A hugely entertaining book about the grand scope of friendship and love' Sadie Jones, Guardian

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London, 1878. Three extraordinary people begin their life together - and the idea for Dracula is born.


Fresh from life in Dublin, Bram Stoker - now manager of the Lyceum Theatre - is wrestling with dark demons in a new city, in a new marriage, and with his own literary aspirations. As he walks the streets at night, streets haunted by the Ripper and the gossip which swirls around his friend Oscar Wilde, he finds new inspiration. Soon, the eerie tale of Dracula begins to emerge.

But Henry Irving, volcanic leading man and impresario, is determined that nothing will get in the way of Bram's dedication to the Lyceum. And both men are growing ever more enchanted by the beauty and boldness of Ellen Terry, the most celebrated actress of her generation.
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Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2019
Winner of the Irish Book Awards Novel of the Year


'A colourful tale of secret love and public performance...in a romantic, lost London' The Times

'Hugely entertaining and atmospheric' DEBORAH MOGGACH

'Extraordinary' SEBASTIAN BARRY

'A novel I'd recommend to anyone: a rollicking and moving story' James Naughtie, Radio Times

'Fabulous... A truly great book you simply cannot put down' JUDY FINNIGAN

'Rich, sad, funny, and a beautiful read. You'll LOVE it' RICHARD MADELEY

'Ingenious...hugely impressive and utterly haunting' Sunday Mirror

Shadowplay - Joseph O'Connor

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Title
Shadowplay
Author
Joseph O'Connor
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Vintage
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20201022

Discover the enthralling Richard & Judy Book Club pick for winter 2020 from international bestseller Joseph O'Connor.

'Breathtaking... A hugely entertaining book about the grand scope of friendship and love' Sadie Jones, Guardian

__________

London, 1878. Three extraordinary people begin their life together - and the idea for Dracula is born.


Fresh from life in Dublin, Bram Stoker - now manager of the Lyceum Theatre - is wrestling with dark demons in a new city, in a new marriage, and with his own literary aspirations. As he walks the streets at night, streets haunted by the Ripper and the gossip which swirls around his friend Oscar Wilde, he finds new inspiration. Soon, the eerie tale of Dracula begins to emerge.

But Henry Irving, volcanic leading man and impresario, is determined that nothing will get in the way of Bram's dedication to the Lyceum. And both men are growing ever more enchanted by the beauty and boldness of Ellen Terry, the most celebrated actress of her generation.
__________

Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2019
Winner of the Irish Book Awards Novel of the Year


'A colourful tale of secret love and public performance...in a romantic, lost London' The Times

'Hugely entertaining and atmospheric' DEBORAH MOGGACH

'Extraordinary' SEBASTIAN BARRY

'A novel I'd recommend to anyone: a rollicking and moving story' James Naughtie, Radio Times

'Fabulous... A truly great book you simply cannot put down' JUDY FINNIGAN

'Rich, sad, funny, and a beautiful read. You'll LOVE it' RICHARD MADELEY

'Ingenious...hugely impressive and utterly haunting' Sunday Mirror

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Joseph O'Connor was born in Dublin. His books include eight previous novels: Cowboys and Indians (Whitbread Prize shortlist), Desperadoes, The Salesman, Inishowen, Star of the Sea (American Library Association Award, Irish Post Award for Fiction, France's Prix Millepages, Italy's Premio Acerbi, Prix Madeleine Zepter for European novel of the year), Redemption Falls, Ghost Light (Dublin One City One Book Novel 2011) and The Thrill of it All. His fiction has been translated into forty languages. He received the 2012 Irish PEN Award for outstanding achievement in literature and in 2014 he was appointed Frank McCourt Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Limerick.

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Dazzling...the panache and subtlety of his prose perfectly match that gusto and creative finesse of the High Victorian world his novel wonderfully evokes
Sunday Times

A novel I'd recommend to anyone: a rollicking and moving story... Delicious and clever late-Victorian gothic
Radio Times - James Naughtie

An ingenious novel… O'Connor's work is hugely impressive and utterly haunting
Sunday Mirror

Joseph O'Connor is a very great artist and storyteller. The quotient of enjoyment in his extraordinary new novel is stupendous
Sebastian Barry

A hugely entertaining book about the grand scope of friendship and love, it is also, movingly - at times, astonishingly - a story of transience, loss and true loyalty
Guardian - Sadie Jones

Type
BOOK
Edition
1st paperback ed
Keyword Index
London (England) - History - 1800-1950 - Fiction.|Historical fiction.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
399

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