Ancestry by Simon Mawer

Ancestry by Simon Mawer. This is the story of two working class families in the middle of the 19th century, a tale of London’s East End, of war in Crimea and a hurricane in the Caribbean, of love, both illicit and marital, of tragedy and fulfilment. But it is no Victorian romance; rather, it’s an exploration of the borderline between fiction and historical fact, and above all it’s a homage to and a celebration of people who once lived but only survive now as entries in dusty, official registers.

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