The novel traces a pair of young academics, Roland Michell and Maud Bailey, as they uncover a clandestine love affair between two long-dead Victorian poets. Interwoven in a mesmerizing pastiche are love letters and fairytales, extracts from biographies and scholarly accounts, creating a sensuous and utterly delightful novel of ideas and passions.
Literary historians -- Fiction.
Man Booker Prize.
Manuscripts -- Collectors and collecting -- Fiction.
Poets -- Fiction.