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The Vampyre Family: The Curse of Byron

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  5 reviews
In the spring of 1816, Lord Byron was the greatest poet of his generation and the most famous man in Britain, but his personal life was about to erupt. Fleeing his celebrity, notoriety and debts, he sought refuge in Europe, taking his young doctor with him. As an inexperienced medic with literary aspirations of his own, Dr Polidori could not believe his luck.

That summer an
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Hardcover, 464 pages
Published November 7th 2013 by Canongate
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Penny
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed this.
One of those 'you couldn't make it up' books and yet it is all true......
Byron comes across as even more self absorbed and selfish than usual with his 'studied indifference' and especially the neglect of his young daughter Allegra. He didn't want her, but refused to let her mother have her - so why not throw her into a convent where she died from typhus aged 4. He seemed to take more care of his pet fox and badger.
Stott somehow keeps everyone at arm's length and refuses
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Lauren
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
What were the cool kids doing in 1816? Much the same as the cool kids now: fantastic road trips, illicit affairs, burning through money, sending way too many messages to someone who clearly isn't interested. You know, as the cool kids do. And in Regency-era England, Byron was The Cool Kid.

In "The Vampyre Family," Stott hits on historical gold with a tale that proves truth is stranger than fiction. The twists and turns of the relationships between Bad-Boy Byron, I-Swear-I'm-Not-Just-A-Sidekick P
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Sep 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-challenge
Whoever said truth is stranger than fiction must have been writing about Lord Byron, his wife, mistresses and other conquests, and about Mary and Percy Shelley and all of their hangers on! Not a bad read, but a bit drawn out.
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Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Nice but fast moving history of Byron and the Shelleys.
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Shelves: non-fiction
Well wasn't Byron full of snark? Really interesting book, full review to follow.
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