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A Man of Genius Hardcover – 10 Mar 2016

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press; 1st Edition edition (10 Mar. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908524596
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908524591
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 710,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This is a haunting, sophisticated story about a woman slowly discovering the truth about herself and the elusive, possibly illusive, nature of genius.' --Sunday Times

'Strange and haunting, a gothic novel with a modern consciousness.' --Philippa Gregory'

'A quirky, darkly mischievous novel about love, obsession and the burden of charisma, played out against the backdrop of Venice's watery, decadent glory.' --Sarah Dunant

'A mesmerising story of love and obsession in nineteenth century Venice: dark and utterly compelling.'--Natasha Solomons

'Intriguing and entertaining; a clever, beguiling debut.Todd knows her Venice backwards.' --Salley Vickers

'Revealing, surprising, compelling, gripping.' --Miriam Margolyes, actress

'This is the first novel by the celebrated literary critic and biographer Janet Todd, and obviously makes use of her decades of reading and writing about women writers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries... Great stuff.' --Harriet Devine

'Mesmerizing, haunting, imbued with a complete sense of historical verisimilitude.' --Times Literary Supplement

'[A] gripping, original historical novel with abundant thrills, spills and revelations' --The Lady

About the Author

Janet Todd is known for her works about Mary Wollstonecraft, Aphra Behn, the Shelley circle, and Jane Austen. Born in Wales, her wandering childhood in the United Kingdom, Bermuda, and Sri Lanka led to work as an academic in Ghana, the United States, and United Kingdom. Her passion has been for women writers, the largely unknown and the famous. A former president of Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, she lives in Cambridge and Venice.

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