Jack Maggs, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


London,1837. Jack Maggs, raised and deported as a criminal, has returned from Australia, in secret and at great risk.

What does he want after all these years, and why is he so interested in the comings and goings at a plush townhouse in Great Queen Street? And why is Jack himself an object of such interest to Tobias Oates, celebrated author, amateur hypnotist and fellow burglar - in this case of people's minds, of their histories and inner phantoms?

This is a thrilling story of mesmerism and possession, of dangerous bargains and illicit love against the backdrop of Victorian London.




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I can agree to some extent with other reviewers who might say that this book is a little light on plot. However the charm of this book lies in the dialogue between characters and their various machinations. It is about motive and deception all the way through and Carey cleverly reveals piece by piece the background of the main chacter as we move along. If you think that Dickens is too heavy but you love the 19th century vibe and atmosphere, definitely give this one a go.

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