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The Devil's Road

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While draining a pond during work for the construction of the Stockton to Darlington Railway George Stevenson's workers discover a female corpse with a dagger stuck between her ribs - could it be that of Lady Beresford, the French wife of a local baron who disappeared under mysterious circumstances twenty years ago? The identity of the victim is at the heart of Jean-Pierre Ohl's novel, a richly woven tapestry set during the rise of capitalism in England. The Devil's Road has a Dickensian range of characters from the indolent liberal lawyer with a taste for Byron's poems and madeira wine, his imperturbable clerk Snegg, the activist worker Davies and the 'Corporal', a veteran of the Napoleonic wars and demonstrator wounded at the Peterloo Massacre - there is even a role for the young Charles Dickens working in the blacking warehouse. As well as its vivid picture of English society at a key moment of development, The Devil's Road also has elements of the Gothic novel, making it Jean-Pierre Ohl's homage to the English tradition of fiction. AUTHOR: Jean-Pierre Ohl is a bookseller in Talence near Bordeaux. He is the author of two novels Mr Dick or The Tenth Book and The Lairds of Cromarty, both published in England by Dedalus.

Product code: 9781910213933

ISBN 9781910213933
Series Dedalus Europe 2019
Publisher Dedalus Ltd
No. Of Pages 347
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H198xW126
While draining a pond during work for the construction of the Stockton to Darlington Railway George Stevenson's workers discover a female corpse with a dagger stuck between her ribs. The identity of the victim is at the heart of Jean-Pierre Ohl's novel, a richly woven tapestry set during the rise of capitalism in England.