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Tennyson's Gift
by Lynne Truss | Literature & Fiction
Registered by wingLeishaCamdenwing of Alna bydel, Oslo fylke Norway on 10/5/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by wingLeishaCamdenwing from Alna bydel, Oslo fylke Norway on Friday, October 05, 2007

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I love Lynne Truss!! OK, I've only read one book by her ('Eats, Shoots & Leaves') but that book was so amazing that I'm a fan for life. :-) Am looking forward to reading her fiction as well.

The blurb:

'A comic novel of subtle distinction ... richly entertaining and at times very moving' The Times

It is July 1864 and the Isle of Wight is buzzing with eccentric creative types. Tennyson recites poetry to furniture while his invalid wife hides bad reviews in teapots and buries them in the garden with a teaspoon. Also at Freshwater Bay are the creepy Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) and Julia Margaret Cameron, a photographer determined to capture an image of the bard in a suitably heroic pose. Into this cauldron of unrequited love and egotism step the acclaimed painter G. F. Watts and his unlikely sixteen-year-old actress wife, Ellen Terry; also the American father-and-daughter team of phrenologists, Lorenzo and Jessie Fowler.

A Carrollian comic novel about mid-Victorian highbrows? About the ideals of Beauty, Art, Friendship, Gratitude and Serious Beards? The only wonder is that nobody thought of it before. Unexpectedly moving and luminously wise, Tennyson's Gift is the funniest novel ever written about a nineteenth-century Poet Laureate.

'The perfect summer book. No deck-chair will be complete without it.' Independent

'An enormously entertaining novel, with terrific writing throughout ... a fast-moving farce which allows her sideswipes at the foibles of the famous' Sunday Telegraph'

This is a paperback edition from Profile Books, published in 2004. The book was originally published in 1996.

I bought this book at ARK Pocket on Railway Square in Oslo on May 2nd, 2007. It was on sale along with two other Truss books, 'With One Lousy Free Packet of Seed' and 'Going Loco'. 


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