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WHO SAYS HISTORY IS BORING?
Jack Vincent used to be famous, part of a rising generation of literary authors that included Dickens, Ainsworth and Thackeray. Now he's a nobody, scratching a living as a freelance journalist writing for a penny a line. Worse, the only job he can get is on a troopship bound for the frontier wars of colonial Africa. Outed as a friend of Dickens
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Paperback, 1, 570 pages
Published February 7th 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Michael Forester
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I used to think I knew Nineteenth century history and literature. And then I read Shark Alley. Spanning the first half of the century, the time setting of this remarkable book allows the author to explore his evident passion for Victorian literature alongside his sympathies for the emergence of the British working class political movement. The narrator, Jack Vincent, leads us seamlessly from his origins in Georgian rural England to early Victorian London and on into the Colonies.

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Jane
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful journey into the past. Shark Alley's author, Stephen Carver, is known to me as tutor and mentor from the Unthank Writing School, and an expert in Victorian literature. This novel does not disappoint. Starting with a graphic action scene and then working back through the protagonist's early life, we are treated to a past era in colourful and authentic detail. Jack Vincent starts life at the very bottom in a debtor's prison, then as a budding author watches his first work plagiarised b ...more
Mark McKay
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
This novel, which chronicles the highs and lows of Jack Vincent, a 19th century writer in Victorian England, is a rip-roaring and ultimately uplifting story. I can’t claim to be a historian, but the social strata and the characters associated with them are extremely well drawn and voiced with an authenticity that I can only ascribe to lots of painstaking research. Some of the language is colourful, and very descriptive. You don’t need to be a historian, though, to enjoy this book. All you need i ...more
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Stephen Carver is a writer, editor and academic. For sixteen years he taught literature and creative writing at the University of East Anglia (where he also took his doctorate), spending three years in Japan as an associate-professor of English at the University of Fukui. He is presently Head of Online Courses at the Unthank School of Writing, the Senior Editor at Green Door Design for Publishing, ...more

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