Book lover and Jane Austen enthusiast Sophie Collingwood has barely started her new job at an antiquarian bookshop in London when two different customers request a copy of the same obscure publication: the second edition of Little Book of Allegories by Richard Mansfield.
Their enquiry draws Sophie into a web of mystery surrounding the true authorship of Pride and Prejudice, with ultimately dangerous consequences. In a narrative that alternates between Sophie's quest, which also sees her dealing with several love interests on the way, and the young Jane Austen's touching friendship with the ageing cleric Richard Mansfield, Lovett - who first delighted readers with his bestselling debut The Bookman's Tale - weaves a romantic, suspenseful and compelling novel about love in all its forms and the joys of a life lived in books.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 300 pages
- Publisher: Alma Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 15/05/2015
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781846883606
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Review by gogglemiss
Two men looking for a rare book, look to bookseller Sophie to solve many mysteries concerning Jane Austen.Each chapter alternates between present day and Jane Austen's friendship with an elderly cleric and their shared love of reading and writing.OK read, but not for the purists