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McNaughten: A Novel - Sian Busby

McNaughten: A Novel - Sian Busby
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Title: McNaughten

Author:  Sian Busby

ISBN:  9781906021054

Weight:  990g

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McNaughten by 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.

Peer & Press Reviews

Mcnaughten has an intricacy and sentimentality worthy of Dickens and a satirical eye as sharp as Thackeray’s… A gripping thriller, rich, clever, absorbing and extremely hard to fault …a witty look at men in power and a plot that shocks with an extraordinary twist.

Times

Written with verve, Sian Busby infiltrates the heart and soul of the Victorian world, which uncannily parallels our own.

Daily Telegraph

This ingenious fact-into-fiction novel makes a fine, marvellously readable, melodramatic meal of the case that established the ‘McNaughten Rules’.

Saga Magazine

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This numbered edition of only XXX copies was commissioned by a leading London bookshop working in association with the publisher.

The handwritten number is in the centre of a blind embossed circular ‘stamp’ (technically known as a seal) on the title page.  Around its edge, the seal reads EXCLUSIVE SIGNED FIRST EDITION.

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This numbered edition of only 250 copies was commissioned by a leading London bookshop working in association with the publisher.

Each book has a tipped-in authentication page, directly before the title page, that confirms the book’s number.  The handwritten number is in the centre of a blind embossed circular ‘stamp’ (technically known as a seal).  Around its edge, the seal reads EXCLUSIVE SIGNED FIRST EDITION.

The book’s title, the names of the author, translator and publisher, and the month / year of publication are also printed on this page.

Edition background

This numbered edition of only XXX copies was commissioned by a leading London bookshop working in association with the publisher.

Each book has a signed authentication page, tipped-in directly before the title page, that confirms the book’s handwritten number and that it is a first edition.  This page also has the book’s title, the author’s name, the name of the publisher and the month / year of publication printed on it.

Edition background:

This numbered edition of only XXX copies was commissioned by a leading London bookshop working in association with the publisher.

Each book has a tipped-in authentication page, directly before the title page, that confirms the book’s handwritten number and that it is a first edition.  This page also gives the title, the author’s name, the name of the publisher and the month / year of publication.

Each book’s number is printed [handwritten] on the title page, which also confirms the month and year of publication.

This exclusive edition has yellow sprayed page edges and gold and copper coloured decorative head and tail bands.

The distinctive red sprayed page edges mark this book out as being different to the standard trade edition.

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This limited edition comes from a small print run of just [XXX] copies commissioned by a leading London bookshop working in association with the publisher.

Each book has a tipped-in authentication page, directly before the title page, that confirms the book’s [handwritten] number.

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This true limited edition comes from a small print run of just 100 signed and numbered copies published by Jonathan Cape, an imprint of Vintage Publishing.  This is the only hardcover edition of this title.

The book (subject to any minor production changes) will have the following features: fully case bound with sewn signatures, paper-covered boards with a square spine, head and tail bands, a dust jacket and notched Perspex slipcase. Every copy is individually wrapped in strong Kraft paper.

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The publisher, Head of Zeus, issued this numbered edition of just 100 copies.

Each book has an authentication page, tipped-in before the half title page, that confirms the book’s handwritten number. (Printed on this page are the book’s title, the author’s name and the name of the publisher.

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Del Rey, the Ebury Publishing imprint, issued this limited edition of 2,000 numbered copies.  Each has a signed authentication page, tipped-in before the title page, that confirms the book’s handwritten number.

Printed on this page is the text, ‘THIS EDITION OF ARTEMIS SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR IS LIMITED TO 2000 COPIES OF WHICH THIS IS NUMBER ___ / 2000’

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This numbered edition of XXX books was commissioned by a leading London bookshop working in association with the publisher.

Each copy has a tipped-in title / number authentication page, which confirms the book’s printed number.

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These copies have a signature page, tipped-in before the half title page, which has the phrase ‘Exclusive signed edition’, the author’s name, the month / year of publication and the name of the publisher printed on it.

Issued direct by the publisher (Hamish Hamilton), the number of copies in this special edition is unknown.

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These copies have a signature page, tipped-in before the title page, which has the book’s title and the phrase ‘One of a limited edition signed by the author’ printed on it.

Issued direct by the publisher ( ), the number of copies in this special edition is unknown.

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Edition features The distinctive red sprayed page edges of this exclusive edition (only 250 copies) single it out from the standard trade edition.
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The handwritten number is in the centre of a blind embossed circular ‘stamp’ (technically known as a seal) on the title page.  Around its edge, the seal reads EXCLUSIVE SIGNED FIRST EDITION.

Edition features This is a large format book (section bound for ease of opening and durability) printed on heavy quality art paper with full colour illustrations.  It’s everything a collectable children’s book should be.
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This is a large format book (section bound for ease of opening and durability) printed on a matt finish heavy art paper.  It has a red ribbon marker and decorative head and tail bands.

This is everything a quality reference / coffee table book, or gift edition, should be.

Edition features Two 8-page sections of photographs (colour & monochrome) showcasing the life and career of [the author].
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The main body of the book is XXX pages, which includes XX X-page sections of photographs (colour & monochrome) and grayscale maps.

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Acknowledgements [ ]
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Bibliography [ ]
Index [ ]

Jacket note On the front of the jacket is a ‘signed by the author’ sticker (see image).  As the paper used for the jacket has a SuperMatt laminate finish, WE DON’T ADVISE REMOVING THIS as it could result in a flaw known as Sticker Ghost.
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Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Overall condition

Near fine / Very fine

In comparison to our norm, this book has some heavier-than-usual pushing to the bottom of the spine.  This is why we’ve classed its condition as Near Fine.  That said we don’t think the flaw affects the book’s appearance too much.

Because of this flaw, we’ve priced this book at what we believe is at least 20-30% below its current market value.  Even so, if you are unhappy with the book in any way, return it to us in the condition you received it for a full refund.

Overall condition

Near fine / Near fine

The book has off-white-to-yellow discolouration (fading) to page edges, which is in keeping with its age, and some pushing / light bumping to its spine ends.  The jacket has some creasing to its edges and a scratch to the laminate finish on the back flap.

While we don’t think you’re likely to find an honestly described new copy in much better condition, due to these flaws we’ve priced this book at least 20% less than its current market value.  Even so, if you are unhappy with the book in any way, return it to us in the condition you received it for a full refund.

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Signed On a signature page, tipped-in directly before the half title page.  (Printed on this page are the words ‘Exclusive signed edition’ as well as the author’s name and the month / year of publication.)
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Media adaptation BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime: ten 15-minute episodes, broadcast Mon-Fri at 10:45pm from [date].
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