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D. J. Taylor

Kept

D. J. Taylor Kept
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When Henry Ireland dies unexpectedly from what appears to be a riding accident in August 1863, the failed landowner leaves behind little save his high-strung young widow, Isabel—who somehow ends up in the home of Ireland's friend James Dixey. A celebrated naturalist, Dixey collects strange trophies in his secluded, decaying manse and has questionable associations with rather unsavory characters—including a pair of thuggish poachers named Dewar and Dunbar. Dixey's precocious, inquisitive young servant, Esther, cannot turn a blind eye to the suspicious activities surrounding her. While in the crime-ridden streets of London, a determined captain of Scotland Yard follows the threads that may well link a daring train robbery to the disappearance of a disturbed heiress as well as to the possible murder of Henry Ireland.

D. J. Taylor's Kept is a gorgeously intricate, dazzling reinvention of Victorian life and passions that is also a riveting investigation into some of the darkest, most secret chambers of the human heart.

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“...a genuinely fascinating reading experience…a powerful contribution to the changing practice of historical fiction.”

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“A gripping tale, crafted with passion and intelligence, and an honorable addendum to the golden age of the English novel.”

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“A marvel of intricacy and ingenuity. Dickens and his peers would surely have approved.”

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“A smartly satisfying novel…Intricate and vividly realized…a pin-sharp recreation of 19th century life....a playful reimagining of history”

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“A tour-de-force in the style of Dickens. The eccentrics and Victoriana are…captivating.”

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“Intriguing.”

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“It is unlikely that many such offerings will equal, let alone surpass, D.J. Taylor’s Kept”

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“Kept is a great read. It intrigues, diverts and delights. It is clever and intricate and huge fun.”

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“Taylor has captured the essence of the Victorian novel and weaves it through his gripping narrative.”


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