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McNaughten A Novel by Sian Busby

McNaughten A Novel

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McNaughten A Novel by Sian Busby

The government struggling to stand firm against the rising chaos. Out of this apocalyptic landscape emerges a young Scotsman, Daniel McNaughten. He has been on a journey, a descent into his own despair, mirroring the tribulations of society at large. His journey will end in London, with the death of an apparently innocent man. One freezing day in January, he takes a shot at the Prime Minister's Private Secretary, Edward Drummond, as he makes his way to Downing Street. The incident rocks the nation. Has the assassin perhaps mistaken Mr. Drummond for the Prime Minister, Sir Robert Peel? And who is this McNaughten? A dangerous political radical - possibly the agent of an entire network of revolutionaries - or a religious fanatic? Is he a lunatic, or merely a victim of the collective madness that surrounds him? Mesmerising, richly textured, McNaughten takes you to the heart of the Victorian soul. As Daniel McNaughten goes on trial, the dark forces lying beneath the surface of society threaten to break loose and overturn the very order of things. Suddenly, the nation's sanity seems to be hanging on the destiny of one hapless individual.


...uncannily well-timed...a feast of period detail. Daily Telegraph

Worthy of Dickens... a gripping thriller...a rich, clever, absorbing novel that is extremely hard to fault. The Times

Written with verve, Sian Busby infiltrates the heart and soul of the Victorian world, which uncannily parallels our own.

Daily Telegraph

This ingenious fact-into-fiction novel makes a fine, marvellously readable, melodramatic meal of the case that established the 'McNaughten Rules'. Saga Magazine

Mcnaughten has an intricacy and sentimentality worthy of Dickens and a satirical eye as sharp as Thackeray's... A gripping thriller, rich, clever, absorbing and extremely hard to fault ...a witty look at men in power and a plot that shocks with an extraordinary twist. The Times

About the Author

Sian Busby is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and film maker. She is married to the BBC Business Editor, Robert Peston, and has two children. She lives in North London.

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Publication date

7th May 2009


Sian Busby

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Short Books Ltd


448 pages


Historical fiction



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