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‘A Treacherous Likeness’ by Lynn Shepherd

A Treacherous Likeness

This amazing book was released in hardback last week by Corsair.  It is the follow-up to Lynn Shepherd’s previous novel ‘Tom-All-Alone’s’, though as I discovered it’s not necessary to have read this book.  For me this was a brand new experience and it gave me the chance to discover yet another fantastic author.

‘A Treacherous Likeness’ is a work of fiction but it is actually based on fact.  It reconstructs events in the lives of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, his wife Mary who wrote ‘Frankenstein’, her step-sister Claire Clairmont and Lord Byron.  Lynn Shepherd has given her own fictional version of the Shelleys’ story with some possible answers to the mysteries that still persist all these years later.

It’s 1850 and young detective Charles Maddox has just taken on a new case.  His client happens to be the only surviving son of the long-dead poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.  Charles soon finds himself drawn into the bitter battle being waged over the poet’s literary legacy and along the way he discovers just how treacherous family can be.

I found ‘A Treacherous Likeness’ to be a very fascinating read and the further I got into it the more intriguing it became.  The research Lynn Shepherd has done for this book is admirable.  It’s certainly a very thought provoking story and it has you guessing about what might happen next.  There are some very shocking revelations throughout.  This is an historical and mystery read all in one.

I am very impressed at how this book has been arranged.  There is a nice author’s note at the very beginning followed by a family tree of The Shelleys and The Godwins, which came in very useful indeed.  The story itself is split into three parts.  At the back of the book there are a few pages in which Lynn Shepherd explains the facts and the fiction.  It really is best though that you read the whole story first before referring to these notes.

Now that I’ve read ‘A Treacherous Likeness’ it has left me wanting to know more.

I give this book 5 out of 5.



Quick Reads – A Wonderful Book Charity

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Quick Reads is a charity whose aim is to spread the love of reading to the people who need it most.  Over the past seven years they have succeeded in doing just that.

The Challenge

1 in 6 adults of working age in the UK finds reading difficult and may never pick up a book.  People’s reasons for not reading are varied but are often based in fear.  Some people say they find books scary and intimidating, thinking they are ‘not for them’ or that books are difficult or boring.

Quick Reads Response

Quick Reads sets out to challenge these beliefs and to show that books and reading can be for everyone.  Each year we commission big name authors to write short books that are specifically designed to be easy to read.  They are the same as mainstream books in every respect but are simply shorter and easier to tackle for adults who are less confident in their reading skills.  The books are then sold through major retailers, online booksellers and are loaned from libraries.

A powerful outreach campaign around Quick Reads delivers the books and accompanying learning resources written specifically for the titles and inspiring case studies to literacy practitioners across the country.  Quick Reads books are vital in educational settings such as further education colleges and libraries, prisons, military bases, care homes and family centres as well as in workplace learning centres.  They are also used in settings as diverse as oil rigs, cross channel ferries, bus depots and refuse disposal units.  Practitioners tell us that Quick Reads are the ideal tool to use with their learners and evaluations reveal very real benefits to quality of life, well-being, self-esteem, confidence and job prospects.  We also know that adults who become readers through Quick Reads encourage their children to read, transforming their prospects and creating the next generation of readers.


Today sees the official release of six new Galaxy Quick Reads books:-

  • ‘Love is Blind’ by Kathy Lette
  • ‘A Sea Change’ by Veronica Henry
  • ‘A Dreadful Murder’ by Minette Walters
  • ‘Today Changes Everything’ by Andy McNab
  • ‘Wrong Time, Wrong Place’ by Simon Kernick
  • ‘Doctor Who: The Silurian Gift’ by Mike Tucker

Galaxy Quick Reads books are also ideal for people who don’t have much time to read.

Each book costs just £1.


For further information about Quick Reads and to find out about all their books visit http://www.quickreads.org.uk/

You can also find them on Twitter @Quick_Reads

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