About the book
Arthur and George grow up worlds apart in late nineteenth-century Britain: Arthur in shabby-genteel Edinburgh, George in the vicarage of a small Staffordshire village. Arthur is to become one of the most famous men of his age, while George remains in hard-working obscurity. But as the new century begins, they are brought together by a sequence of events that made sensational headlines at the time as The Great Wyrley Outrages. This is a novel about low crime and high spirituality, guilt and innocence, identity, nationality and race. Most of all it is a profound and moving meditation on the fateful differences between what we believe, what we know and what we can prove.
Reviewed by Wallington Village Reading Group:
Slow start. took a while to get into it. Interesting middle, disappointing end as if the author didn’t know how to finish it. Enjoyable as it was factual easy to read style. Very interesting turn of phrase and vocabulary in the style of a Sherlock Holmes. Believable characters.
Star rating: ***