About this book
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and a Richard & Judy Book Club choice, this accessible and profound novel is now published in paperback. Centring on a Victorian "cause celebre" Barnes brings the period, the case and the inner lives of the two main characters vividly to life. 'This novel is Barnes at his best' "Times"
Arthur and George grow up worlds apart in late nineteenth-century Britain: Arthur in shabby-genteel Edinburgh, George in the vicarage of a small Staffordshire village. As the new century begins, they are brought together by a sequence of events that made sensational headlines at the time as The Great Wyrley Outrages.