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The Fatal Tree - Jake Arnott

The Fatal Tree - Jake Arnott
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Title: The Fatal Tree

Author:  Jake Arnott

ISBN:  9781473637740

Weight:  990g

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first printing

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The Fatal Tree by Jake Arnott

London, the 1720s.  Welcome to ‘Romeville’, the underworld of that great city.  The financial crash caused by the South Sea Bubble sees the rise of Jonathan Wild, self-styled ‘Thief-taker General’ who purports to keep the peace while brutally controlling organised crime.  Only two people truly defy him: Jack Sheppard, apprentice turned house-breaker, and his lover, the notorious whore and pickpocket Edgworth Bess.

From the condemned cell at Newgate, Bess gives her account of how she and Jack formed the most famous criminal partnership of their age: a tale of lost innocence and harsh survival, passion and danger, bold exploits and spectacular gaol-breaks – and of the price they paid for rousing the mob of Romeville against its corrupt master.

Bess dictates her narrative to Billy Archer, a Grub Street hack and aspiring poet who has rubbed shoulders with Defoe and Swift.  But he also inhabits that other underworld of ‘molly-houses’ and ‘unnameable sin’, and has his own story of subterfuge, treachery and doomed romance to deliver.  As the gallows casts its grim shadow, who will live to escape the Fatal Tree?

A clever tale of crime, punishment and love among thieves in 18th century London –
Jake Arnott does for the 1720s what he did for the 1960s in his cult hit The Long Firm.

Peer & Press Reviews

A rambunctious narrative of venery, theft, death and a devil-may-care braggadocio, its doomed love story undercuts and counterpoints the swagger with a touching melancholy.  Bess, Jack and Jonathan were real people and this confident linguistic pastiche reimagines them with infectious energy.

Elizabeth Buchan, Daily Mail

Jake Arnott, who is probably best known for excellent novels such as The Long Firm about London gangsters in the 1960s, has done much more than update the work of his 18th-century predecessors.  Unlike them, he shows the citizens of Romeville as people, not as folk heroes or bogeymen, and he does this without prurience or sentimentality.  In doing so, he gives us a convincing and densely textured picture of the world they live in…  Arnott explores what poor Bess calls ‘the felony of love’, a crime that is not on the statute book.  The result is powerful, poignant and readable.

Andrew Taylor, Spectator

Jack’s awkward courtship of Bess is a highlight of the book – Arnott’s best so far – and genuinely moving… an astonishingly vivid act of ventriloquy that breathes life into infamous corpses.

Mark Sanderson, Evening Standard

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Overall condition: Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
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Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Imprint: Sceptre
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ISBN 10: 1473637740
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket

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