Inigo Bright comes from a wealthy mercantile family, but has gone into law rather than shipping. Inigo's routine investigation leads him to The Belsize, a ship newly returned from the Indies, laden with rum, sugar, tobacco, and a chilling secret. This is very much one for fans of Hornblower and The Ruby in the Smoke, but with a unique west country slant, written with all the attention to detail you might expect from this former lawyer and teacher. But in the midst of all the grand building projects something is rotten at the heart of the city. What do you do to relax and get away from it all? But, by then, it's really too late.
Married with two children, he lives in Bristol. In the aftermath of the abolition of the slave trade, the port of Bristol is awash with the commercial gains of the Empire. He's a bored young lawyer working in Bristol after the abolition of the slave trade. If you're interested in Bristol's dubious trading history, and enjoy a ripping narrative to go with it, then join us this evening to hear him read from this gruesome Georgian mystery. He has given it — untraceably — to impoverished strangers worldwide, and has fled. Its splendid terraces for the wealthy are currently being erected, but that doesn't mean that the city isn't choked in corruption and vice.
He has written four novels: Towards the Sun, The Undertow, Beneath the Diamond Sky and On Cape Three Points. I found the actual story a little confusing at times, especially towards the end. The final denouement only confirms what we knew from the opening pages, and so is no real mystery; the only mystery is why the young lawyer took so long to work out the obvious. I picked my way through filthy, stinking streets in the company of narrator Inigo Bright. And will he get away with it? Note: We cannot guarantee that every book is in the library. The first victim is discovered. Before long Inigo, his boss and family, are implicated and under threat.
I don't think it's necessarily a bad thing that during the whole story you dont actually know what year it's set in. Will assume it's an Uncorrected Proof when reviewing, though this has not been explicitly stated. Is there still anything about the publishing process that surprises you? It wasn't until later in the chapter that you realised the story was set not long after the abolition of slavery. So he opts for hiding close by — first in the city, then in the woods near the home of his estranged family. Starting with chapter 1, I initially thought it had forwarded onto a 21st Century setting - the main character descending into his favourite coffee shop and being served ahead of the irregulars who were already there. A well written, thought provoking read that stays with you.
Why has he done this? Christopher Wakling's historical novel, set in post-abolition Bristol, takes on an interesting cross-over period when slavery had just been outlawed in Britain and driven underground. Third, the descriptive passages are often inordinately convoluted, with pretentious word-painting of sunlight reflecting or not reflecting on water and apparently significant musings on seagulls. Narrative tension is diluted though, because we hear it all from the point of view of an illegally trafficked slave, hidden from sight. Escape and Evasion is a tragicomic tale of buried secrets, the lengths a man will go to win back those he loves, and the fallout from a monumental change of heart. But detail is the devil's mask.
Newly qualified, he still works for the man he was legal clerk to, on one of the practice's major sources of income -- the nitpicking investigation on behalf of the port officials of customs fees owed and paid. In the aftermath of the abolition of the slave trade, the port of Bristol is awash with the commercial gains of the Empire. Register a free 1 month Trial Account. But in the midst of all the grand building projects something is rotten at the heart of the city. Starting with chapter 1, I initially thought it had forwa Received May 2011 from Faber and Faber via the Early Reviewers on Librarything. Cancel the membership at any time if not satisfied.
Tell us a little about Escape and Evasion. News of the mutilated body speeds quickly. Set off without a map and you risk going nowhere. Christopher kindly answered a few of my questions. What struck me was the human fallibility of the so called masters of the universe.
The E-mail message field is required. Highly recommended Christopher George Wakling was born in 1970. My answer would be the same as for question 3: lots. At book's end I was satisfied with the closure given, but wanted to know what happened to him next, which is always a good sign. Sadly, The Devil's Mask doesn't live up to this promise. I'm partial to world-building via long, lingering descriptions when done well, as it is here, and found the book to have a good balance between plot and evoking a sense of place. Likable main character and excellent sense of time and place 19th century Bristol with all its disparity.
The slowest is a couple of years. But Inigo has linked the case to a charred corpse found on a building site in the rising district of Clifton and soon there are other bodies to account for, too. I also read a lot. But detail is the devil's mask. You have written a number of novels. He studied English at Oxford and has worked as a farm hand, teacher and lawyer. But that book took a long time to edit.
A cover-up seems the only way out. The streets, the variety of buildings merchant houses, coffee houses, speculative property developments and the muddy and silted river Avon flowing through the city are all based on either real or typical topographical locations and to a large extent the novel captures the mix of genteel living and rank poverty that typified ports such as Bristol. And it seems to be linked with the murdered women who have been found in the city. But detail is the devil's mask. He's a bored young lawyer working in Bristol after the abolition of the slave trade. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life which book would it be? Inigo himself is an appealing character.