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(John Williamson #3)

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The final thrilling instalment in the Williamson Papers, set in a superbly drawn Victorian London. Back in England after surviving the horrors of Cawnpore, John Williamson returns to his hometown. On looking up an old friend, he finds the man hasn't been heard of since his departure to London, the glamorous capital of the British Empire. Concerned for his friend's safety, ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published April 18th 2016 by Accent Press (first published October 1st 2015)
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Whispering Stories
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read ‘Back Home’ as a stand-alone novel as I have not read the other books in the series. It would have been good to know about what this character had been up to in India before he returned home but I did not feel that this detracted from my enjoyment of the novel at all.

I have to make a confession first: I adore all things Victorian, so I suspected that this book would be a great hit with me and I was not wrong!

It is perfectly paced and has an authentic voice which gives a real sense of time
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Terry Tyler
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by me as a member of Rosie Amber's Review Team

I loved this book. Although the third part of a trilogy, it is a complete stand-alone (I haven't read the other parts), with a two page preface that gives exactly the right information about what has happened before; this is so well written that I couldn't wait to get cracking on the main story.

Back Home is an excellent piece of intricately researched historical fiction, set in the mid 19th century, when affluent, middle class John Williamso
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Judith Barrow
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a brilliant read; a fascinating story tale of mystery in the slums of Victorian London. And the research done byTom Williams into the social, business, industrial changes of this era and the study of the environment of both city and countryside is both obvious and admirable

As this is the third of John Williamson's story and, as I have yet to read the first two books, I appreciated the explanatory Foreword; a very useful summary for the reader a good account of the protagonist's previous
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Antoine Vanner
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Victorian London – the twilight of Bill Sykes, the dawn of Karl Marx
This is an engaging tale of mystery in the London of the mid-Victorian period. It’s 1859 and there are still traces of the world of Bill Sykes. The reforms of administration, sanitation and education that will transform Britain in the coming decades are still in their infancy. Foul slum “rookeries”, with medieval levels of squalor and poverty, coexist – often with yards of each other – with the new Britain of railways, telegraph
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I have been writing about boring things like insurance for most of my adult life, but a trip to Borneo eventually resulted in a novel: 'The White Rajah'. This told the story of James Brooke of Sarawak, seen through the eyes of his (fictional) lover, John Williamson. One thing led to another and I found myself writing another novel, following John Williamson's adventures after he left Borneo. The r ...more

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