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Lemprière’s Dictionary

Lawrence Norfolk

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Published by Vintage, part of Vintage Publishing

Format: Paperback


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EAN: 9780749398194
Published: 5 Oct 2006


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As the seventeenth century opens, a band of venturers forms the Honourable Company of Merchants trading from England to the East Indies. In France, the siege of La Rochelle ends with the massacre of thirty thousand men, women and children. Almost two centuries later, in 1788, John Lemprière published his classical dictionary. This much is fact. Lawrence Norfolk tells us how the first two events led, inescapably, to the third.

This amazing tale encompasses the Great Voyages of Discovery and multinational financial conspiracies, and leads a motley cast of scholars and eccentrics, drunk aristocrats and whores, assassins and octogenarian pirates through two centuries and three continents to the brink of French Revolution.

John Lemprière reluctantly enters this world as an introverted scholar, obsessed by the myths of antiquity. At the end of this astonishing story he understands that it takes far more than learning to lay the ghosts of the past to rest.

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What the critics say

Historical fiction of mesmerizing complexity... It is a masterpiece
- Daily Mail

A love story and a story of fantastic adventure, it is also a hugely comic novel
- Sunday Times

Extravagantly spectacular...myriad wonders and pleasures abound....superbly entertaining
- Washington Post

An extraordinary achievment...a remarkable work
- Times Literary Supplement

Brilliantly inventive and hugely enjoyable
- Spectator

This novel outstrips any I've read
- New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Lawrence Norfolk was born in London in 1963. He read English at King's College, London, graduating in 1986. He began teaching, studied for a Ph.D., and worked as a freelance writer on a number of reference books, contributing articles and reviews to magazines and journals including the Times Literary Supplement. He has written three novels; Lemprière's Dictionary, Pope's Rhinoceros and In the Shape of a Boar.

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