After a tragic loss, the Kellaway family moves from Dorsetshire to Lambeth, on the outskirts of London, where their next door neighbor is none other than printer, poet, and political radical William Blake. As patriarch Thomas Kellaway abandons his furniture business to pursue a career as a set designer for a travelling circus, his children progress from innocence to experience: daughter Maisie attracts the attention of the circus impresario's son, while son Jem befriends a streetwise girl named Maggie. Heavy on atmosphere and detail-rich description, this moving coming-of-age story evokes the sights, sounds, and smells of 1792 London.
Historical Fiction July 2014 Newsletter.
"Girl with the pearl earring" author Chevalier takes us to London at the end of the 18th century. William Blake, the English reaction to the French Revolution and the rough-and-tumble life of working people south of the river all play a part here.
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