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McNaughten: A Novel by Sian Busby

McNaughten: A Novel by Sian Busby
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Author:  Sian Busby

ISBN:  9781906021054

Weight:  990g

Signed, lined and dated
first edition, first printing

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McNaughten: A Novel – Sian Busby

The winter of 1843 is one of bitter strife for England.  The nation is on the brink of ruin and revolution, the government struggling to stand firm against the rising chaos.

Out of this apocalyptic landscape emerges a young Scotsman, Daniel McNaughten.  He has been on a journey, a descent into his own despair, mirroring the tribulations of society at large.  His journey will end in London, with the death of an apparently innocent man.  One freezing day in January, he takes a shot at the Prime Minister’s Private Secretary, Edward Drummond, as he makes his way to Downing Street.  The incident rocks the nation.

Has the assassin perhaps mistaken Mr. Drummond for the Prime Minister, Sir Robert Peel?  And who is this McNaughten?  A dangerous political radical – possibly the agent of an entire network of revolutionaries – or a religious fanatic?  Is he a lunatic, or merely a victim of the collective madness that surrounds him?

Sian Busby’s debut novel is a breathtaking feat of historical scholarship, which takes you to the heart of the Victorian soul.  As Daniel McNaughten goes on trial, the dark forces lying beneath the surface of society threaten to break loose and overturn the very order of things.  Suddenly, the nation’s sanity seems to be hanging on the destiny of one hapless individual.  The verdict against him will change English law forever.

Bibliographic Data
Title:McNaughten: A Novel
Author:Sian Busby
Book Features
Edition / printing:First edition / First printing
Overall condition:Very fine / Very fine
Signed:Yes, to the title page
Lined:Yes, "It was the season of distress..."
Dated:Yes, 9th May '09
Book Stats
Publisher:Short Books
Publication date:07 May 2009
Printed by:Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13:9781906021054
ISBN 10:1906021058
Format:Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages:475
H x W x D:223 x 146 x 47mm
Design Credits
Author photo:David Barron
Jacket design:Gavin Morris
Jacket illustration:Stephanie Von Reiswitz

Collectors Notes

  • McNaughten is Sian Busby’s first and only novel due to her sad and untimely demise from lung cancer in September 2012 at the age of 51.

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