Francis Thompson

A Trecherous Likeness, by Lynn Shepherd

A Trecherous Likeness, by Lynn Shepherd

Novels which take as their subject the life of Percy Bysshe Shelley are few and far between. Lynn Shepherd’s compelling, elegant novel, A Treacherous Likeness, should be on the “must read” list of every person with even a remote interest in the lives of Percy and Mary - I loved every second of it. I have given this novel the RPBS Stamp of a Champ"!!! Order it through your local bookshop!

Alexander Larman's "Byron's Women" and the conjoined but contrasting myths of Shelley and Byron

Alexander Larman's "Byron's Women" and the conjoined but contrasting myths of Shelley and Byron

Alexander Larman's new book Byron's Women is just out in paperback and you need to buy it; now.  In what may be one of the best written blogs I have come across in a very long time, Larman encapsulates his thesis; and he does not mince words:

The greatest falsehood propagated about Byron is that he loved women. On the contrary, his attitude towards those in his life was mainly a mixture of contempt, violence and lordly dismissal.

In the pages of his book it would appear that we finally we have someone speaking truth to power and by power I mean what Larman calls the "Byron establishment"; an establishment which he asserts has been "permeated by a lazy misogyny for decades".