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Shadowplay (Exclusive Dubray Hardback Edition - Signed by the Author)

Binding: Hardback
Pages: 320
Pub Date: 06/06/2019
ISBN: 9781787300842
Availability: In Stock
Quick overview A Dubray Staff Recommended Read. Fresh from life in Dublin as a clerk, Bram may seem the least colourful of the trio but he is wrestling with dark demons in a new city, in a new marriage, and with his own literary aspirations. As he walks the London streets at night, streets haunted by the Ripper and the gossip which swirls around his friend Oscar Wilde, he finds new inspiration.
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Shadowplay is a masterful achievement and I adored every moment I spent with it. In the Lyceum Theatre, in the intensity of Jack the Ripper’s London, Bram Stoker, Henry Irving and Ellen Terry navigate the pathways of creativity, art, love, failure and success. All the while Stoker’s Dracula stalks through his imagination, taking shape through hints and whispers. Intelligent, beautifully written, intensely researched, moving and remarkably funny, this is everything a book should be and more.

- Recommended by Maria Dickenson, Dubray Head Office

1878: The Lyceum Theatre, London. Three extraordinary people begin their life together, a life that will be full of drama, transformation, passionate and painful devotion to art and to one another. Henry Irving, the Chief, is the volcanic leading man and impresario; Ellen Terry is the most lauded and desired actress of her generation, outspoken and generous of heart; and ever following along behind them in the shadows is the unremarkable theatre manager, Bram Stoker.

Fresh from life in Dublin as a clerk, Bram may seem the least colourful of the trio but he is wrestling with dark demons in a new city, in a new marriage, and with his own literary aspirations. As he walks the London streets at night, streets haunted by the Ripper and the gossip which swirls around his friend Oscar Wilde, he finds new inspiration. But the Chief is determined that nothing will get in the way of his manager's devotion to the Lyceum and to himself. And both men are enchanted by the beauty and boldness of the elusive Ellen.

This exceptional novel explores the complexities of love that stands dangerously outside social convention, the restlessness of creativity, and the experiences that led to Dracula, the most iconic supernatural tale of all time.

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