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"The reader will be rewarded with a fascinating overview of pre-Renaissance London at its best and worst. A highly literate thriller from medievalist Holsinger."--Kirkus Reviews "Medieval England never tasted so rich nor smelled so foul as in this descriptive and intricately layered mystery. . . . [Holsinger] succeeds in elevating the missing manuscript genre to new heights that will entertain readers of both fiction and nonfiction."--Library Journal "The poet John Gower is the perfect narrator and amateur sleuth. . . . Holsinger's research, alongside the energetic vulgarity of a language in flux, delivers up a world where even the filth is colorful."--New York Times Book Review "Holsinger is a graceful guide to the 14th century, lacing his thriller with just the right seasoning of antique words and all the necessary historical detail without any of the fusty smell of a documentary."--Washington Post " 'A Burnable Book' is fragrant with the stench of medieval London. . . . The central mystery of the book leads us through the mucky lanes of London, with cunning surprises around every corner. . . . jam-packed tapestry of medieval England."--NPR "Spellbinding . . . "A Burnable Book" exemplifies the best in historical fiction."--Richmond Times-Dispatch The poet John Gower is the perfect narrator and amateur sleuth. . . . Holsinger s research, alongside the energetic vulgarity of a language in flux, delivers up a world where even the filth is colorful. --New York Times Book Review" Medievalist Holsinger delivers a first novel whose zest, breadth, and color evoke The Canterbury Tales. . . . [T]he intricate plot, sharp characterizations, and sweeping depiction of medieval England make this a memorable fiction debut. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)" Holsinger is a graceful guide to the 14th century, lacing his thriller with just the right seasoning of antique words and all the necessary historical detail without any of the fusty smell of a documentary. --Washington Post" A Burnable Book is fragrant with the stench of medieval London. . . . The central mystery of the book leads us through the mucky lanes of London, with cunning surprises around every corner. . . . jam-packed tapestry of medieval England. --NPR" The reader will be rewarded with a fascinating overview of pre-Renaissance London at its best and worst. A highly literate thriller from medievalist Holsinger. --Kirkus Reviews" Medieval England never tasted so rich nor smelled so foul as in this descriptive and intricately layered mystery. . . . [Holsinger] succeeds in elevating the missing manuscript genre to new heights that will entertain readers of both fiction and nonfiction. --Library Journal" Everything you want in a work of historical fiction: fascinating, rich in period detail, and propelled by a compulsively engaging story. Even better, it s clever and witty a superb entertainment. --David Liss, author of "The Twelfth Enchantment"" Spellbinding . . . "A Burnable Book" exemplifies the best in historical fiction. --Richmond Times-Dispatch" "Medievalist Holsinger delivers a first novel whose zest, breadth, and color evoke The Canterbury Tales. . . . [T]he intricate plot, sharp characterizations, and sweeping depiction of medieval England make this a memorable fiction debut."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Spellbinding . . . A Burnable Book exemplifies the best in historical fiction."--Richmond Times-Dispatch "Everything you want in a work of historical fiction: fascinating, rich in period detail, and propelled by a compulsively engaging story. Even better, it's clever and witty...a superb entertainment."--David Liss, author of The Twelfth Enchantment

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