Top positive review
4 people found this helpful
A rattling good read
on 4 May 2012
I don't know Bath particularly well, but this book certainly made me want to explore some of the historical sites of the town in more detail. The author clearly has an eye for historical detail, but more importantly he created some plausible characters and gave them sufficient depth that I actually started caring about what was going to happen to them at the end. At times it had me thinking of 'The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists' by Robert Tressels (Sp?) in the way that it used a narrative to make social points (though here it is purely historical).
The book definitely did a good job of conjouring up a Victorian atmosphere - and it managed to create a strong visual image in my mind. I'd be interested to read something else by the author, but maybe set in a different era - it would be good to see how he uses a more contemporary world to make social/economic/political observations.
5 stars - better than a lot of stuff I've read from well established authors.