Please wait while page loads.

Woollahra Libraries Catalogue

PageMenu- Main Menu-
Page content

Catalogue Display

The Walworth beauty / Michèle Roberts.

The Walworth beauty / Michèle Roberts.
Catalogue Information
Field name Details
ISBN 9781408883402 (paperback)
Author Roberts, Michèle author.
Title The Walworth beauty / Michèle Roberts.
Publisher/Date London : Bloomsbury, 2017.
Pagination etc. 389 pages ; 22 cm.
Summary Note This is a sensuous, evocative novel exploring the lives of women in Victorian London. 2011: When Madeleine loses her job as a lecturer, she decides to leave her riverside flat in cobbled Stew Lane, where history never feels far away, and move to Apricot Place. Yet here too, in this quiet Walworth cul-de-sac, she senses the past encroaching: a shifting in the atmosphere, a current of unseen life. 1851: and Joseph Benson has been employed by Henry Mayhew to help research his articles on the working classes. A family man with mouths to feed, Joseph is tasked with coaxing testimony from prostitutes. Roaming the Southwark streets, he is tempted by brothels' promises of pleasure and as he struggles with his assignment, he seeks answers in Apricot Place, where the enigmatic Mrs Dulcimer runs a boarding house. As these entwined stories unfold, alive with the sensations of London past and present, the two eras brush against each other, a breath at Madeleine's neck, a voice in her head, the murmurs of ghosts echoing through time. Rendered in immediate, intoxicating prose, This is a haunting tale of desire and exploitation, isolation and loss, and the faltering search for human connection.
Subject Women -- England -- London -- Fiction
Interpersonal relations -- England -- London -- Fiction
Man-woman relationships -- England -- London -- Fiction
London (England) -- Social conditions -- Fiction
Shelf Location F ROBE
Catalogue Information 761383 Beginning of record . Catalogue Information 761383 Top of page .