Published Jan 2010
James Mallen does not know who murdered him on the banks of the Thames in 1784, when he was only 36. Yet he is convinced that one person does: Augusta Corney, whose spirit continually dances out of his reach. This captivating novel weaves together the parallel stories of James Mallen’s existence before and after his death, gradually unveiling the nature of his involvement with the dazzling Augusta.
Vibrantly evocative of the atmosphere and political unrest of the times, inventive, irreverently humorous and achingly sad, this is an exceptional debut.