The bestselling author of Eats, Shoots & Leaves turns a fiendishly clever eye to the literary world. Tennyson's Gift is an imaginative cocktail of Victorian seriousness and farce that re-imagines the world of the nineteenth-century English poet laureate, placing him in the midst of eccentric company that includes dodgy Charles Dodgso...more
How anyone can genuinely find humour within this "laugh a minute" tome is beyond me. Many readers have said that the book is "slow to get going." My own personal experience saw this book "get going" from glacial to static. What starts as a depressing look a ...more
Silliness... If you like Lewis Carrol,Alfred Tennyson,Julia Camernon: early photographers and Victorian literati, and quirky British humor the first few paragraphs have not failed me. It reminds me of watching Posh Nosh for the first time: fascinating, foreign and oddly funny. It's very... English (use English accent when saying 'English' for full effect).
Don't let the bad choice of cover art turn you away from this book.
It's written in a style that sounds like one of those wry, smart-mouthed female TV personalities like Kathy Lette or Sue Perkins. Many of her expressions are hilariously apt, but it does mean that you're very conscious of the personality of the author as you read - and since her voice is not at all Victorian, it jars a bit.
What's really distracting, for me, is that I'm ...more