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Tennyson's Gift

Tennyson's Gift

by LynneTruss (Author)


It is July 1864 and the Isle of Wight is buzzing with eccentric creative types. A morose Alfred, Lord Tennyson is reciting 'Maud' to empty sofas, whilst photographer Julia Margaret Cameron white-washes roses and tries to capture Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) in heroic poses. Into this cauldron of unrequited love and egotism step the acclaimed painter G F Watts, his sixteen-year-old wife Ellen Terry and the American father-and-daughter team of phrenologists, Lorenzo and Jessie Fowler. Unexpectedly moving and luminously wise, Tennyson's Gift is the funniest novel ever written about a nineteenth-century Poet Laureate.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
Publisher: Profile Books
Published: 05 Jul 2007

ISBN 10: 1846680565
ISBN 13: 9781846680564

Media Reviews
'An enormously entertaining novel, with some terrific writing throughout... It is a delicious confection with some marvellous one-liners.' Sunday Telegraph '[A] wonderfully inventive jeu d'esprit...This epic of the Isle of Wight's literary apogee is virtually the perfect summer book. No deck-chair will be complete without it.' Independent 'A comic novel of subtle distinction... A richly entertaining book, and at times a very moving one.' The Times
Author Bio
Lynne Truss is one of Britain's top comic writers and is the author of the number one bestseller Eats, Shoots & Leaves. It has sold over three million copies worldwide and won the British Book of the Year award in 2004. She has also written four comic books, Going Loco, Making the Cat Laugh, Tennyson's Gift and With One Lousy Free Packet of Seed, all available from Profile Books. She is a regular presenter on Radio 4, a Times columnist and a guest presenter for many other programmes. She lives in Brighton.