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by Roberts, Michele

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TitleThe Walworth beauty
Author / Responsible partyRoberts, Michele
GenreHistorical fiction.
TopicsHistorical fiction. Historical fiction. Boardinghouses -- Fiction. London (England) -- Social life and customs -- 21st century -- Fiction. London (England) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Fiction.
Intended AudienceAdult
PublisherVisAbility Ltd. [Association for the Blind of WA]


When Madeleine loses her job as a lecturer, she decides to leave her riverside flat in cobbled Stew Lane, where history never feels far away, and move to Apricot Place. Yet here too, in this quiet Walworth cul-de-sac, she senses the past encroaching: a shifting in the atmosphere, a current of unseen life. 1851: Joseph Benson has been employed by Henry Mayhew to help research his articles on the working classes. A family man with mouths to feed, Joseph is tasked with coaxing testimony from prostitutes. Roaming the Southwark streets, he is tempted by brothels' promises of pleasure -- and as he struggles with his assignment, he seeks answers in Apricot Place, where the enigmatic Mrs Dulcimer runs a boarding house. As these entwined stories unfold, alive with the sensations of London past and present, the two eras brush against each other -- a breath at Madeleine's neck, a voice in her head -- the murmurs of ghosts echoing through time.

Additional Information

System control numberS13082
Original Print PublisherLondon : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2017.
NarratorElizabeth Oats.
Narrator NameElizabeth Oats.
Participant or performer noteElizabeth Oats.
Narrators GenderFemale narrator