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Soot: The Times's Historical Fiction Book of the Month Hardcover – 6 Jul 2017

3.9 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Corsair (6 July 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781472152435
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472152435
  • ASIN: 1472152433
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.9 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Drier than a cream cracker; northern not only in vernacular but saturninity which envelops like a quilt giving off cigar smoke and port; memorable characters who vie for oddity or unpleasantness . . . Andrew Martin's splendidly drawn snow-smothered York is a perfect foil for his sooty 18th-century gubbins and goings on, in which little turns out to be precisely black - or precisely white. (Evening Standard)

'The book's many voices are written with skill, and York's parallel worlds of fashion and poverty are vividly created. The physical book itself is stunning - the front of the hardback is swirled with soot, and the pages are black-edged. An enticing and clever book, inside and out'. Book Of The Month. (The Times)

A literary thriller of great ingenuity and originality (Sunday Times)

A fascinating read (Catholic Herald)

In a cunningly constructed narrative made up of letters, diaries and other documents, the mystery is unravelled with a nod to the 18th-century novel while remaining bang up-to-date . . . Strong characters, humour and a dash of the picaresque flesh out a sophisticated, confident and intriguing treat. (Daily Mail)

Exquisitely written . . . Soot is a well-made whodunnit, an artful pastiche and an atmospheric recreation of Georgian England . . . Comic but never arch, it is an artfully sophisticated entertainment (Irish Times)

This witty novel brings the fashions and sins of Georgian York and London to life. (Sunday Express)

A quirky, atmospheric tale . . . an intriguing page-turner with a realistically fallible protagonist (Independent i paper)

As well as being a skilfully constructed whodunnit, Soot is an impeccably researched and wonderfully atmospheric evocation of Georgian England . . . Vivid and pungent, with plenty of grotesquery and dry humour, it's a virtuoso performance from a master of historical crime fiction. (the Guardian)

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A literary thriller, set mainly in late 18th-century York. Highly atmospheric and populated with a cast of unforgettable characters, it brings to life 18th-century England with its villains and heroes.

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