About the book
When Master Georgie – George Hardy, surgeon and photographer – sets off from the cold squalor of Victorian Liverpool for the heat and glitter of the Bosphorus to offer his services in the Crimea, there straggles behind him a small caravan of devoted followers; Myrtle, his adoring adoptive sister; lapsed geologist Dr Potter; and photographer’s assistant and sometime fire-eater Pompey Jones, all of them driven onwards through a rising tide of death and disease by a shared and mysterious guilt.
Review by St Mary’s RC Group, Gosport
All twelve of us found this utterly BRILLIANT. Should have won the Booker prize, This is the third Bainbridge book our group has read; she is a comsummate writer – a master of her craft. We talked for hours about it!!
**** 4 stars