A gripping and authentic novel set in the criminal underworld of the eighteenth century.
Against the window a pale hand, a gentle wave that was not a wave at all. A distant female face veiled by the sweep of a curtain. Then stillness. Bendix remained transfixed for a full minute. It was most certainly a woman'
Early eighteenth-century London, and two doctors are criss-crossing the boundaries of morality in the heady pursuit of scientific progress. It is a challenge that leads Sir Edmund Calcraft, an eminent and notorious anatomist, and Joseph Bendix, his young ambitious student, into playing a dark game with the lawless side of London. But Bendix's growing passion for a woman he first glimpses in Calcraft's house threatens to end their mutual quest. From gallows to mad houses, from anatomical laboratories to frost fairs set on the frozen Thames, the two men begin to compete in both head and heart...
Mixing history, myth, medicine and fiction, THE HOUSE OF SIGHT AND SHADOW is a compelling tale about ambition, deception and the vulnerability of love.
... a clever exercise in historical recreation and, implicitly, a disturbing fable about scientific arrogance - SUNDAY TIMES
Excellent. It's the first book I've read this year which ought to go straight on to the Booker shortlist for its intelligent writing, original plot and remarkable grasp of historical details and language - DAILY MAIL
An impressively imaginative approach to history & a wry tale of a young man who is, to the last, sick with love - THE TIMES
Atmospheric and action packed. - MAIL ON SUNDAY