This started off well, satire at its best. I was almost laughing hysterically on the train at the caricatures of romantic heroes and heroines. Scythrop’s attempts at embodying the Byronic hero are perfectly captured, and the names of the servants are brilliant. I particularly liked the Deathshead anecdote, and love the subversion of the gothic in the novel.
However there’s just too much. It’s one for someone deeply interested in the time period, history and the context. Although I did enjoy the novel, and it’s interesting to see who the characters are based on in terms of historical figures, it failed to hold my attention. It’s interesting and unique for the first few chapters, but then falls flat. In any case, it’s not one for light reading.