A Very English Agent, Paperback

A Very English Agent Paperback

1.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Dwarfish Charlie Boylan carries a loaded pistol into the House of Commons.

A can of worms waiting to be opened, he was a police spy for nearly forty years.

He wants a pension and what he knows will get it! Did he, between Waterloo and Wellington's funeral, cause the Peterloo riot to happen?

Was it Charlie who fingered the Cato Street Conspirators?

Did Shelley really drown by accident? And at the opening of the Great Exhibition was it he who saved the Queen from being blown up? With dark undertones in its revelations of the orchestrated state repression that followed the Napoleonic Wars, A Very English Agent drives a horse, well, a donkey and cart, through the early years of the nineteenth century in a rumbustious, funny, sexy, teeming novel, worthy of the times it describes.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Historical fiction
  • ISBN: 9780349115085



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I couldn't read this. It was about a secret agent in the Napoleonic wars but it was to close to Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series of books. More of a boys' book.

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I very much enjoyed two of this author's other historical novels, "Kings of Albion" and "The Last English King", as well as "Trajectories" (SF set in the near future as civilisation is crumbling), but this book came as a big disappointment. I was immediately put off by the first few chapters of sex and death at the Battle of Waterloo, and I didn't like the next couple of chapters either, so I gave up on page 51.

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