Jack the Lad and Bloody Mary

This looks like an interesting book, Jack the Lad and Bloody Mary, by Joseph Connolly, reviewed in today's Observer. There is a complaint about the use of vernacular, but, considering I wrote A Clockwork Apple entirely in vernacular and resurrected words long fallen out of usage, I'm hardly in a position to comment - or maybe I am! Using vernacular of the period, in this case, in post-war London, is an attempt at bringing the reader not just into that world, that life, but also into the way in which the characters reason and emote in deeper ways than plain speak - it doesn't always work but when it does it ceases to be someone's 'story' and has succeeded in being someone's life. It has got my attention and will be on my 'to buy' list.

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