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An epic, romantic comedy set in the libidinous world of 18th Century London. Mystery, intrigue and wicked humour - historical fiction at its sparking best! England 1745. Poet and Master Wig Maker to the great and the good of London society, Wildish is a man whose ambition is to enjoy life to the full. Yet already events beyond his control have begun to impinge upon his dis ...more
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Claire Ridgway
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robert Parry's latest historical novel, Wildish, is set in the 18th century, in Georgian England, a period I have never studied in depth. This made me slightly wary of reading it because I like to have enough knowledge to be able to figure out what is fact and what is fiction. However, my worries were unfounded because this novel concentrates on a fictitious character, and his friends, rather than a real historical character. There are real characters and events in it, for example, Bonnie Prince ...more
Valerie Christie
Having read Robert Parry's other two books and enjoyed them immensely I was very much looking forward to this one - and I was not disappointed! What a wonderful book! It is just such a pleasure to enter the world of Matthew Wildish, who is most definitely one of my favourite fictional characters ever. There are some very funny moments in the book and some saucy bits, as well as some sad bits, and it all comes together in a way that's very satisfying. I loved the characters in the book, I felt em ...more
Charla Wilson
This is Robert Parry's third novel, and in my opinion it is his best work to date! I did not think it was possible to top his first two novels, but he did! I savored every word of this wonderful book,and since I finished reading it, I miss it so much. While I was reading this book, I would look forward to getting back to it all day long. Now that it is finished, I truly miss Matthew Wildish and all of his friends, as I felt they had become a part of my life. I guess you could say that I miss the ...more
Lisa
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I tried reading this book when it first came out and because I knew so little of the history, I was lost. Now that I have watched and read part of the Outlander series I decided to give this book another try and got it on Kindle. I admit that I could not put it down! It was funny in places and very sad in other parts. I am not a fast reader but I read this in about ten days. I could focus more on the characters and could hardly wait to find out what happened to them. I was fascinated with the in ...more
Bridgett
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of a few books that I have read by Robert. In my opinion, his books keep getting better. It is very easy to dive into a story when you know the author knows the subject that they are writing about. This book was a lot of fun to read, and I would highly recommend it to others who enjoy a little bit of history, a few twists and turns, and romance all in one. Be prepared to blush a little & even let out some laughter. Even though the book is quite long, it is an easy read. Cheers Robert ...more
Anne Tudor
What a wonderful read. I loved the decadent, libidinous lifestyle of master wig maker, society gent and ladies man Matthew Wildish. His crowd of friends make you laugh out loud, I snorted at the antics of the "wig". Sparkling, fun and well researched, a super treat for lovers of the Georgian era.
Mary
May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best book I have read for some time. Lady Snatchal is the funniest character I have encountered in any book and there are amusing moments right the way through the text. The book is romantic, erotic, full of suspense and highly erudite at the same time. A real joy to read.
Sarah
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Strong, entertaining historical in Georgian setting. Pagan and Christian themes combined together in a clever way. A quest. A 'coming of age' too. A big story with lots of history A real amazing, multi-layered story under a surface of sparkle and fun. What a combination. Loved it.
Arleigh
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in Georgian England during the Jacobite Uprising of 1745, this is the story of Matthew Wildish, Master Wig Maker, socialite and something of a ladies’ man. Though he is not a titled gentleman, he moves in the most elite circles and has befriended many people in high places, however is still in the unique position of mixing with those of lower classes as well. This distinction serves him well in many facets, as one of his side-jobs consists of passing along information on those who may be a t ...more
Cheryl
'You are perfectly right, of course, my darling,' Lady Snatchal responds straight away with an aloof smile. 'As I recall you once asked me to marry you precisely because you had such good taste, and I, as a woman, accepted because I had so very little.'

And with this loud guffaw, at 58% of the way through where I was almost ready to give up, I finally began to enjoy this. In some ways this was just not my cup of tea. The humor is wonderfully reminiscent of the best of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
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Natasha
I asked the author for a review copy of this book when it first came out because I liked his premise. He warned me their was romance in it - something I'm not a big fan of - but stubbornly insisted upon wanting a review copy and Parry kindly obligated. And then sadly, I sat on this book for months after starting it, not because I didn't like it, because I did, but because there was romance in it ;/ (I'm never if not illogical).

Matthew Wildish, our main character, is a poet on a mission - a miss
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Kimber
Sep 12, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition






In accordance with FTC guidelines I must state that I received this book for free from the author in a giveaway.
Alison
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable Georgian romp, witty, and amusing. Certainly our protagonist is Wildish by name and nature!

Would recommend. I will seek out other titles by this author.
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Robert Stephen Parry is a UK writer of adult historical fiction, bringing you stories from a wide range of time periods, from Tudor & Elizabethan, through 18th-century Georgian, right up to the era of Victorian England and the Belle Époque. Well researched and vivid historical settings combine with unusual elements of mystery, romance and magical realism. Publications to date:
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