Little Bones Hardcover – 5 Jan 2012
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"Compelling...a fine novel: the best kind of historical fiction" (Judith Flanders TLS)
The breakthrough novel from acclaimed writer Janette Jenkins - a dark tale from Victorian London, of ghosts, the clang of prison gates, and what goes on behind closed doors...See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Unfortunately they meet Mr.Treble and things go very wrong, and the police come knocking at the door.
A dark atmospheric story with well written characters who have their own tales to tell.
The story had me gripped from the first to the last page and I have now bought two more of Janette Jenkins books as I was so impressed by this one.
I thought this was going to be a run of the mill Victorian London novel - I was wrong. This was a beautifully and sympathetically written account of a strong young woman, who most unusually for fictional Victorian heroines was not reliant on her charm and looks and that made it all somewhat refreshing, I really felt for Jane and her plight. I loved the characterisation and the bawdy descriptions of the time - a very enjoyable and well written book.
Jane Stretch is a fifteen year old cripple abandoned by her parents & older sister. However, Jane is as bright as she is deformed "a cripple with brains" so to speak. She counts herself very lucky when the landlady of the home where she has been left offers her free room & board if she will assist her husband Dr Swift in his `medical' practice.
Dr Swift is dubious at best. His entire `medical' practice consists of assisting young ladies of the theatre who find themselves with inconvenient `problems'.
Johnny Treble - a famous music hall star has availed himself of the services of Dr Swift when his rich mistress finds herself in a predicament that Johnny cannot abide.
It is all a very fine arrangement until Johnny Trebel is found dead. Police investigations lead to the truth of Dr Swift being revealed & Jane is trapped by virtue of association & circumstances.
As she awaits trial Jane writes from goal:
"To Ned. Boy with Preacher's Sandwich Board. The Cock Hotel. Covent Garden.
Perhaps you have heard what has happened to me?.........There has been a lot of trouble. Whatever they write in the papers, please don't believe it. I am still your friend Jane.........."
"To the Apothecary, Floral Street, Covent Garden.
Dear Sir, You will remember me as the cripple girl who worked for Dr Swift. You gave my friend some medicine. I am sure that it helped. Thank you.
By now you will have read about me in the newspapers.Read more ›
Overall a great read and highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fabulous book. Beautifully written and superbly researched. Absolutely loved it!Published 5 months ago by Roadrunner
Such fine writing and a gripping narrative that lives in the memory.Published 21 months ago by martin thomasson