Lambs of London, Hardback Book
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


At the centre of this intriguing, irresistible novel are the young Lambs: Charles, constrained by the tedium of his work as a clerk at the East India Company, taking refuge in a drink or three too many while spreading his wings as a young writer, and his clever, adoring sister Mary, confined by domesticity, an ailing, dotty father and a maddening mother- Into their lives comes William Ireland, an ambitious 17-year-old antiquarian and bookseller, anxious not only to impress his demanding showman of a father, but to make his mark on the literary world.

When Ireland turns up a document in the handwriting of Shakespeare himself, he takes Mary into his confidence - but soon scholars and actors alike are beating a path to the little bookshop in Holborn Passage.

Touching and tragic, ingenious, funny and vividly alive, this is Ackroyd at the top of his form in a masterly retelling of a nineteenth-century drama which keeps the reader guessing right to the end.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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  • Category: Historical fiction
  • ISBN: 9780701177447

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The Lambs are incidental; this novel is really about William Ireland and the "discovery" of "Vortigren" (a forgery purported to be by Shakespeare) and its disastrous staging by Sheridan.

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Another excellent creation from Peter Ackroyd. A novel using real writers (the Lambs) and a Shakespearian manuscript to cause some excitement and conniving among the writers and booksellers of the period.

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