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Shadowplay

Fresh from life in Dublin as a clerk, Bram may seem the least colourful of the trio but he is wrestling with dark demons in a new city, in a new marriage, and with his own literary aspirations. As he walks the London streets at night, streets haunted by the Ripper and the gossip ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781787300859
Barcode 9781787300859
Published 4 June 2019 by Vintage
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By O'Connor, Joseph
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ISBN-13 9781787300859
ISBN-10 1787300854
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Harvill Secker
Publication Date 4 June 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By O'Connor, Joseph
Category Historical Fiction
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 23mm
Weight 390g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress London England - Fiction - History - 1800-1950
NBS Text Historical & Mythological Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.92
Catalogue Code 986505

Description of this Book

1878- The Lyceum Theatre, London. Three extraordinary people begin their life together, a life that will be full of drama, transformation, passionate and painful devotion to art and to one another. Henry Irving, the Chief, is the volcanic leading man and impresario; Ellen Terry is the most lauded and desired actress of her generation, outspoken and generous of heart; and ever following along behind them in the shadows is the unremarkable theatre manager, Bram Stoker. Fresh from life in Dublin as a clerk, Bram may seem the least colourful of the trio but he is wrestling with dark demons in a new city, in a new marriage, and with his own literary aspirations. As he walks the London streets at night, streets haunted by the Ripper and the gossip which swirls around his friend Oscar Wilde, he finds new inspiration. But the Chief is determined that nothing will get in the way of his manager?s devotion to the Lyceum and to himself. And both men are enchanted by the beauty and boldness of the elusive Ellen. This exceptional novel explores the complexities of love that stands dangerously outside social convention, the restlessness of creativity, and the experiences that led to Dracula, the most iconic supernatural tale of all time.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A hugely entertaining and atmospheric novel, one can almost smell the greasepaint -- Deborah Moggach
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

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. www.josephoconnorauthor.com

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