LoveReading

Becoming a member of the LoveReading community is free.

No catches, no fine print just unadulterated book loving, with your favourite books saved to your own digital bookshelf.

New members get entered into our monthly draw to win £100 to spend in your local bookshop Plus lots lots more…

Find out more

The Alphabet of Heart's Desire Reader Reviews

The Alphabet of Heart's Desire

Jane Brown

This is such a great historical novel, well researched with three stories intertwined, written with thought and a little comical at times too.

This book present a fictional view of Thomas De Quincey, who wrote the first book about drug addiction. Based on his time in London where he is found living on the streets- a middle class person and spend time with whore Anne and partaking in drugs. the time is around the beginning of the 19th century. The author creates from historical research how London would have been at that time, what the person would see, smell and experience. The third main character is called Tuan, a captured slave living in London and he is eventually freed by his owner. it is interesting and shocking how society was at that time.

This is such a great historical novel, well researched with three stories intertwined, written with thought and a little comical at times too. the reader is pulled in by the author to this story.

Surprisingly I had never heard of Thomas De Quincey yet coming from Edinburgh had no idea he is buried in St Cuthbert's church yard at the West end of Princes Street. I will make a point of visiting his grave the next time I fly up for a visit. So how he ended up in Edinburgh well that is probably another story.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781910688373
Publication date: 21st June 2018
Author: Brian Keaney
Publisher: Holland House
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 392 pages
Genres: Historical Fiction, Indie Books We Love, Relationship Stories,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Historical romance,