Have you come across an American novelist called Charlie Lovett? He’s a writer, teacher and playwright and his books have been on the New York Times bestseller list.
I really loved his mystery novel First Impressions about a girl called Sophie who works in the antiquarian book business and gets drawn into a mystery that connects her to Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice. It was so cleverly written. I also loved The Lost Book of the Grail which is set in Barchester, a fictional county dreamed up by Anthony Trollope. The book is packed with Trollopian names and associations, although the main plot is concerned with Arthurian literature. It’s an excellent read.
Lovett worked for years in the antiquarian book trade, so his knowledge of old books and their value comes through in The Bookman’s Tale, which has a Shakespearean theme. He’s a writer who makes you share his love for the smell, feel and sight of old books. I have not yet read his The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge, but assume that connects in interesting ways with Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. I love mystery novels that draw on literary characters, places and authors, so Charlie Lovett is a real favourite with me.
Let me know what you think, do you enjoy Charlie Lovett’s work? Tell me why in the comment area below.
Charlie Lovett: Investigating the voice behind an English classic
First Impressions by Charlie Lovett
The Lost Book of the Grail by Charlie Lovett
The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett
The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge by Charlie Lovett
Susannah Fullerton’s Charles Dickens: The Masterpieces
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