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a little disappointed
on 7 May 2016
I was a little disappointed. I was looking forward to the story of the two orphans but less than half the book is devoted to them. Rather, the story is that of Thomas Day and, while he had a couple of odd ideas and some well-known friends, he was what one would expect of an 18th century gentleman with rank, money and priviledge. Day's story is well-written but it's quite unremarkable, and while his attitude to women was slightly odd, it is certainly not incongruous with attitudes of the time.
I loved the author's previous book, Wedlock, which was fascinating, so I can't quite figure out why she thought Thomas Day a worthy subject. The story that is actually interesting - that of the orphans - takes up far too few pages.