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London, 1920. Elliot Taverley is an ambitious young psychoanalyst specialising in the new and controversial field of handwriting analysis. When he receives a visit from a man who seems to change personality when he copies others handwriting, Elliot is intrigued and soon becomes obsessed with the man and his mysterious disorder. Spiralling into an increasingly bizarre cat-a ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published July 25th 2013 by Cargo Publishing
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Daniela
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book but took a while to get into it.
Very interesting again
Maya Panika
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
London 1920, and Elliot Taverley is a psychologist investigating the use of graphology - handwriting analysis - to help his war-damaged patients. A man arrives begging for his help, a man who, when he copies another man or woman's handwriting, appears to take on all the characteristics of the person who wrote it - someone he has never met. It is a fascinating premise and it opened well, I was instantly riveted by Raphael and his eerie, semi-supernatural ability to channel another man's soul by c ...more
Rowena Hoseason
Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
In 1920s London, the population was still reeling from the twin shocks of the Great War and the flu epidemic. An entire generation of young men have been shattered in mind and body. Against this backdrop, an ambitious young psychoanalyst explores the emerging field of graphology: peering into his patients’ broken minds by way of their handwriting…

The Fractured Man is a sophisticated blend of psychological investigation coupled with social commentary, pitched at a particularly interesting and oft
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Samantha
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I was contacted a couple of months back with the opportunity to read 'The Fractured Man' I thought it was a book that I would enjoy and said yes. I love a good thriller and this book promised with would be that.

This is a story about a man who has been tormented by the guilt of his childhood and World War 1. Right from the beginning few pages, this novel captures you with how intriguing it is. The plot is one that keeps you engaged throughout and it keeps you guessing right until the end.

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Michael Craig
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the second historical novel that I have read by Juliet Conklin. With “The Lives before us” it described in great detail the trials and tribulations of the people of Shanghai throughout the Second World War. It was so well crafted that I felt that I was almost living through the experience.
With “The Fractured Man” I did feel part of the First World War period in London, however the bias of the story leaned towards the fascinating field of handwriting analysis and how through this medium t
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Stevedutch
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
I had high hopes for this debut novel when reading the promising ‘blurb’ on the back since it appeared to explore many of the literary themes which interest me; e.g. ‘psychological thriller’ and the ‘horrors of war’, and set in a time period which is also of interest and, at the present time, topical. It is undoubtedly, beautifully written but, alas, ultimately disappointing, involving as it does, a rather wimpy protagonist about whom I felt progressively less concern as the narrative unwound. I ...more
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