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September Meetup: "The English Monster" by Lloyd Shepherd

Thanks to everyone who voted. At this meetup, we will be discussing "The English Monster" by Lloyd Shepherd. Details below. Hope to see you there.
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The English Monster by Lloyd Shepherd (2012)
Pages: 432
http://www.amazon.co....



Description
London, 1811. The twisting streets of riverside Wapping hold many an untold sin. Bounded by the Ratcliffe Highway to the north and the modern wonders of the Dock to the south, shameful secrets are largely hidden by the noise and glory of Trade. But two families have fallen victim to foul murder, and a terrified populace calls for justice. John Harriott, magistrate of the new Thames River Police Office, must deliver revenge up to them and his only hope of doing so is Charles Horton, Harriot's senior officer.

Based on the real-life story of the gruesome Ratcliffe Highway murders, The English Monster takes us on a voyage across centuries, through the Age of Discovery, and throws us up, part of the human jetsam, onto the streets of Regency Wapping, policed only by Officer Horton.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Enjoyed the group, but see that timeliness is a must, will remember it for next time.

    September 6, 2013

  • Joanna J.

    PS Wasn't sure I bought the ending -or is it purposefully open?!

    September 2, 2013

    • Justin

      Again, not many here really were convinced by the ending

      September 2, 2013

  • Joanna J.

    Still stuck, but will try and participate from here! Enjoyed the book, though kept imagining at as a campy League of Gentlemen/Hammer Horror film. Liked the idea of choosing periods that bookended the slave trade (both periods I'm interested in), and themes of magic and science etc. Got rather confused between some of the characters - didn't feel voices were that distinctive. Does anyone know if Parker really jumped to his noose? Never heard that before but and would like to know if it's true!

    September 2, 2013

    • Justin

      So sorry you missed it Joanna but thanks for the updates. A mixture of responses here. We didn't cover the voices of the characters much, but I think your concern there was shared.

      September 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Am running late, but will be there!

    September 2, 2013

  • Joanna J.

    Will get there as soon as I can - motorway is closed :-/

    September 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I'm so sorry to miss this especially as I've read the book, but something's come up and I can't be there!
    Hope you all have a good discussion, and hopefully will make the next one.

    September 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I can't make it this month.

    September 2, 2013

  • Michaela

    Sorry. Have a late shift. Just received my shifts today. Hopefully I will join you next month.

    August 27, 2013

  • cherylyn l.

    Look forward to meeting up.

    August 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      see you all monday, struggling with the book, but looking forward to the company!

      August 27, 2013

  • Nishma

    I've just started a new job and haven't had time to read this sadly.

    July 17, 2013

    • Justin

      Did you mean our July book, Jezebel, rather than this one, which is a month and a half away, Nishma?

      July 22, 2013

    • Nishma

      Yes sorry

      August 1, 2013

  • Richard A.

    Justin, I'm afraid that something has come up for September 2nd now and I won't be able to be with you all. Sorry about that, hope the meeting goes well.

    August 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If I can get and read the book in time I'll be there! x

    July 17, 2013

  • Antoine V.

    Not 100% sure, but I'll do my damdest!

    July 8, 2013

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