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They Hanged My Saintly Billy

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Robert Graves recounts the life of William Palmer: surgeon, racehorse owner...a confessed forger who got girls into trouble, doped horses, robbed a few people...but was he a prisoner? Based on an actual trial that took place in 1856, this novel, like Graves' Wife to Mr. Milton and I, Claudius, has all the immediacy and spiciness of contemporary Victorian life. It is told t ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published August 15th 2017 by Seven Stories Press (first published 1957)
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Paulhanger
Feb 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read if you dig Mr. Graves.
Annarella
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even if Robert Graves it's a well known author this is his first book I read.
I liked the style of writing, the interesting and engrossing plot and the character development.
I will surely read his other more famous books.
Recommended!
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Rose
Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the Academy Chicago Publishers edition wanted to add to system but it would not allow it. That edition is trade paperback with nice typeface. Althought not the best of Robert Graves' fiction, it is still enjoyable. His fictional interviews of the friends and neighbors of 19th century poisoner Dr. William Palmer are almost indistinguisable from the real ones. An interesting read.
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Robert von Ranke Graves, born in Wimbledon, received his early education at King's College School and Copthorne Prep School, Wimbledon & Charterhouse School and won a scholarship to St John's College, Oxford. While at Charterhouse in 1912, he fell in love with G. H. Johnstone, a boy of fourteen ("Dick" in Goodbye to All That) When challenged by the headmaster he defended himself by citing Plat ...more