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A Treacherous Likeness - Lynn Shepherd

A Treacherous Likeness - Lynn Shepherd

Author:  Lynn Shepherd

ISBN:  9781780331676

Weight:  990g

Lined and signed first edition, first printing



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Our price:  £17.99

A Treacherous Likeness – Lynn Shepherd

In the dying days of 1850 the young detective Charles Maddox takes on a new case.  His client?  The only surviving son of the long-dead poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and his wife Mary, author of Frankenstein.

Charles soon finds himself being drawn into the bitter battle being waged over the poet’s literary legacy, but then he makes a chance discovery that raises new doubts about the death of Shelley’s first wife, Harriet, and he starts to question whether she did indeed kill herself, or whether what really happened was far more sinister than suicide.

As he’s drawn deeper into the tangled web of the past, Charles discovers darker and more disturbing secrets, until he comes face to face with the terrible possibility that his own great-uncle is implicated in a conspiracy to conceal the truth that stretches back more than thirty years.

The story of the Shelleys is one of love and death, of loss and betrayal.  In this follow-up to the acclaimed Tom-All-Alone’s, Lynn Shepherd offers her own fictional version of that story, which suggests new and shocking answers to mysteries that still persist to this day, and have never yet been fully explained.

A potent mixture of passion, intrigue, perversion, and betrayal, exploring the lives of Shelley, Byron, and their Romantic intimates through a Gothic lens.

Lyndsay Faye, author of The Gods of Gotham

Bibliographic Data
Title:A Treacherous Likeness
Book Features
Edition / printing:First edition, first printing
Book features:Black boards with with silver-coloured author and title text on spine.  Illustrated endpapers printed with a stylised map of the Pentonville (front) and Hyde Park (back) areas of London.
Overall condition:Fine / Very fine – some very light pushing to spine ends
Signed:Yes – on the title page
Lined:Yes – “that shiver of excitement when he… unravelled the mystery of Mary Shelley”
Book Stats
Publisher:Constable & Robinson
Publication date:
ISBN 13:9781780331676
ISBN 10:1780331673
Format:Hardcover with dust jacket
H x W x D:241 x 161 x 32mm
Design Credits
Jacket design:Cabin Design

Collectors Notes

  • The inspiration for A Treacherous Likeness is the lives of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and his wife Mary.
  • For more information, you might like to visit Lynn Shepherd’s website.  This is a rich source of info on her life, books and future projects.

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