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The Lambs of London


Publisher:Chatto and Windus



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Mary Lamb is confined by the restrictions of domesticity: her father is losing his mind, her mother watchful and hostile, and their maidservant, Tizzy, elderly and infirm. The great solace of her life is her brother Charles-but he feels equally contrained by the drudgery of his work at the East India Company, taking refude in drink while spreading his wings as a writer. Sometimes, in the evening, they study together. Mary reads what Charles reads. So it is no surprise that Mary should fall for the bookseller's sone, seventeen-year-old antiquarian William Ireland, from whom Charles has purchased a book. But this is no ordinary book-it once belonged to William Shakespeare himself. And William Ireland, with his green eyes and his red hair, is no ordinary young man . . .

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