The breakthrough novel from acclaimed writer Janette Jenkins - a dark tale from Victorian London, of ghosts, the clang of prison gates, and what goes on behind closed doors...
Born in Bolton in 1965, Janette Jenkins studied acting before completing a degree in Literature and Philosophy and then doing an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, where she was in Malcolm Bradbury's final class, along with Toby Litt, John Boyne, Richard Beard and Bo Fowler. She is the author of the novels, Columbus Day, Another Elvis Love Child and Angel of Brooklyn. Her short stories have appeared in newspapers and anthologies, including Stand Magazine, and have been broadcast on Radio 4. In 2003 she was awarded an Alumni Fellowship by the University of Bolton. She lives in the city of Durham.
One of the best storytellers at work today -- John Boyne
Jenkins writes with verve and colour, vividly bringing to life the dingy London streets... An entertainment as brilliant as the tinselly world of music hall at its heart -- Matthew Dennison * Express *
Compelling...a fine novel: the best kind of historical fiction. -- Judith Flanders * Times Literary Supplement *
A great read that moves swiftly along -- Alastair Mabbott * Herald *
Jenkins has perfectly encapsulated the dark, seedy streets of Victorian London, so anybody who enjoys reading fiction set in this period will not be disappointed -- Verity Butler * Nudge *