The Invention of Fire

by Bruce Holsinger

eBooks of the Month Historical Fiction Thriller and Suspense

The Invention of Fire Synopsis

London, 1386: young King Richard II faces the double threat of a French invasion and growing unrest amongst his barons - and now there's evil afoot in the City. Sixteen corpses have been discovered in a sewer, their wounds like none ever seen before. One thing is clear: whoever threw the bodies into the sewer knew they would be found - and was powerful enough not to care. Enter John Gower, poet and intellectual whose 'peculiar vocation' is dealing in men's secrets.

The Invention of Fire Press Reviews

'Holsinger evokes the distant world of medieval London under King Richard II in all its gamey, gory, glory'
Daily Mail Praise for A BURNABLE BOOK:

'The invention of handguns presages a radical change in warfare in Holsinger's skillful and engrossing second medieval thriller... Holsinger is equally adept at depicting the machinations of the rich and powerful and the fears and hopes of the working class, 'desperate to hold on to their small scraps of ground in the face of the great events unfolding around them'
Publishers Weekly, starred review

'This excellent historical thriller is narrated in a gloriously earthly language that is, long before Shakespeare and the King James Bible, still in the process of taking shape'
Library Journal, starred review

'A cautionary tales that argues powerfully against handgonnes and their modern descendants'
Kirkus Reviews Praise for A BURNABLE BOOK:

'An enjoyable story of murder and intrigue in 14th-century London'
Sunday Times

'Holsinger carries the reader to Oxford, Italy and Spain, but the highlight is his description of medieval London with its murky, poverty-stricken streets...enjoyable and intelligent'
The Daily Mail

'His profound knowledge of the 14th century provides a wonderfully convincing back-drop... his London feels like a real place, from St Paul's churchyard to Southwark's Gropecunt Lane. Comparisons with C.J. Sansom are inevitable, and justified'
Andrew Taylor, The Spectator

'John Gower is the perfect narrator and amateur sleuth ...Holsinger's research, alongside the energetic vulgarity of a language in flux, delivers up a world where even the filth is colorful'
New York Times Book Review

'A murder, a verse and a whore; the prologue of Bruce Holsinger's A BURNABLE BOOK draws the reader in and does not let go. A deep understanding of the period combines with sophisticated writing to create a richly imagined world. Excellent historical fiction'
Harry Sidebottom, bestselling author of the WARRIOR OF ROME series

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ISBN: 9780007493364
Publication date: 30/07/2015
Publisher: Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007493364
Publication date: 30th July 2015
Author: Bruce Holsinger
Publisher: Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 496 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Crime & mystery,

About Bruce Holsinger

Bruce W. Holsinger is a prolific and award-winning scholar of the Middle Ages who teaches at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. His books on medieval culture have won numerous prizes from the Modern Language Association, the Medieval Academy of America, and other scholarly organizations, and he is the co-author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Movies, Flicks, and Film. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and a recipient of research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Council of Learned Societies. A Burnable Book is his first novel.   Author photo © Daniel Addison

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