The Man Behind The Glass Paperback – 19 Jan 2015
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About the Author
Greg Howes is a genealogist, writer and historical researcher based in Carmarthenshire, South West Wales, UK. Greg has lived in Carmarthenshire for the last twenty five years, though originates from Thame in Oxfordshire, England, UK. Greg’s work as a researcher has seen him present (and research for) family history programmes on television for both the BBC and ITV channels. He has taught family history (and horticulture, in his younger days) and featured on national and local radio stations answering questions and giving advice on family history and the historical landscape. He has written many articles for various magazines on subjects as diverse as local history, dating and archiving old photographs, and the history of woodland and ancient trees in the landscape. Greg’s is also keen photographic art and design. He has recently released a book featuring some of his work entitled, The Dark Room, which includes fifty (mainly) black and white images of his designs. His other pastimes include walking, watching motorcycle speedway and reading. His favourite authors include - Arthur Conan Doyle, Arthur Machen, Peter Ackroyd, David Gemell, Jack London, Charles Dickens, Bernard Cornwall, Algernon Blackwood, Henry Mayhew, Mary Stewart, Jack Vance, Robin Hobb, Oliver Rackham, Marion Zimmer Bradley, H.P Lovecraft, Bram Stoker, Sheridan La Fanu and Conn Iggulden.
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I was transported to the foggy, murky alleys, waterways and circuses of Victorian London, where I met a babble of misfits and miscreants: some of them charming in a way that melts your heart (little Pigeon and the Snake Girl); some of them wickedly witty and risible (the Rumbtuckles) and others downright menacing (John the Chemist has a very alarming secret!) The bizarre things Septimus does with photographs will both amaze and disturb you, and the haunting journeys through the underground tunnels of London, with their literal and metaphorical twists and turns, will have you on the edge of your seat. I couldn’t put it down and would highly recommend losing yourself in it too!
Glad I wasn't there! But I adore reading about it by a very gifted and authentic writer.
It still haunts me..
There are some remarkable lines, for example:
‘the inn’s bloated belly overhanging the river’
‘the flames flitted and flicked at some of the discarded costumes, like a lover’s tongue teasing its prey before erupting into a passion of orange and gold’
Highly recommended – film producers: think Sherlock only more exciting!
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