The Secrets of the Lazarus Club Paperback – 27 Aug 2009
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"This is splendid stuff ... twists and turns like a journey through a maze' Scotsman 'A dark thriller with more corpses than Sweeney Todd' Harper's Bazaar 'Highly ingenious, roars to life' Daily Telegraph 'A rip-roaring historical thriller' Metro 'A riveting yarn' The Times
About the Author
Dr Tony Pollard is a senior academic at Glasgow University, where he is the director of the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology at the Archaeological Research Department.
He has written numerous papers and articles on archaeology and military history. He was the co-presenter of two series of BBC2's Two Men in a Trench. The Minutes of the Lazarus Club is his first novel.
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Phillips finds himself in the company of the great engineer Brunel, who, having almost completed his ship, the Great Eastern, is inquisitive to learn more about the inner workings of the human machine, and Phillips is just the man to assist him. He is also just the man whom the police suspect is behind these mutilated bodies.
And so, Brunel issues the doctor with an invite to the Lazarus Club, a secret gathering of the most forward-thinking men of the age. In come Darwin, Russell, Bazalgette, Brodie, Babbage and the fantastically mysterious Ockham, all keen to share their own discoveries and learn of others. Soon Phillips realises that not all of the secrets of the Lazarus Club are in the pursuit of honest achievements, and he finds himself in the middle of a very murky plot. The story has many twists as Phillips attempts to clear his own name and put right a broken promise.
Florence Nightingale has been beautifully written into the story, she is feisty and strong, but still retaining a brilliant wit and an ability to sense the danger that Phillips is in. Her infamous lamp is put to a macabre use in the novel too!
Phillips' character is intriguing, the decisions he makes are not always the ones you are expecting.Read more ›
A feisty Florence Nightingale adds a memorable female presence to the story and a hint of romance in an otherwise dark and brooding situation. For anyone with a penchant for gruesome murder, clever plots and fast action-hero paced stories, this will certainly do the job.
Book reviewed 24 Feb 2010
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A little disappointed thought his books would be on a par with his public speaking which is captivating.Published 17 months ago by stgunisa01
I absolutely adored this novel. Excellently written, exciting, twisting plot and very believable characters. Read morePublished on 27 July 2013 by Clare Mackintosh
This novel is wound intimately around real historical characters and events but invents stories and relationships between them which (almost certainly) did not occur. Read morePublished on 24 May 2013 by Duncan
A fine example of how, with a remarkable imagination and untold hours of research, storytelling can be expertly sewn into historical fact to create a tale so compelling that no... Read morePublished on 4 Dec. 2012 by J Mann
Brilliant - Utterly Brilliant. I love history, real-life events, science and technology, health issues and mystery so this book ticks all the boxes. Read morePublished on 12 April 2011 by HP
I have read a lot of excellent reviews about this book and was not disappointed and will definitely be recommending it to friends! Read morePublished on 30 Mar. 2011 by BH
Dr. Tony Pollard may well be a prominent archaeologist, but his researches obviously do not extend to 19th-century English usage; and how is it that none of his glaring examples of... Read morePublished on 22 Mar. 2011 by R.J.B.
Victorian London in the 1850s: an age of conflicting explanations and theories, an age of paradox, of scientific and economic confidence and of social and spiritual pessimism, and... Read morePublished on 17 Jan. 2011 by hf