The Street Philosopher by Matthew Plampin

ISBN 978-00-0-7313242 Harper Collins, 2008

This centres around a newspaperman, Thomas Kitson, and is set in Crimea and Manchester during and just after the Crimean war in the 1850s. This is Plampin’s first novel. I will be first in line to buy the next one.

The British military leadership’s arrogance and sociopathic attitude of the time is very clearly shown, along with the way the main characters’ lives are affected by their society and their personalities. The book is full of historic facts and descriptions of the society of the time, but also full of fast moving drama, passion, treachery and betrayal.

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