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4.0 out of 5 stars
A good holiday read - but not a sunny read, 9 July 2012
I picked this book up even though I hadn't completely loved Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (which I found interesting but wasn't in a rush to finish it). I read the first few pages of The Irresistible Inheritance and then couldn't put it down.
As another reviewer says: it is a tragedy played backwards. Even though you know how Wilberforce's story ends you don't know quite how he got there until all the pieces fall into place as the book progresses. I think this structure worked very well.
This isn't a perfect novel, there are a lot of unlikeable characters - including our anti-hero However the character and his situation stayed with me for days afterwards.