The Skull and the Nightingale by Michael Irwin audiobook

The Skull and the Nightingale

By Michael Irwin
Read by Steve West

HarperAudio
14.04 Hours Unabridged
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Michael Irwin’s The Skull and the Nightingale is a chilling and deliciously dark, literary novel of manipulation and sex, intrigue and seduction, set in 18th-century England.   When Richard Fenwick returns to London, his wealthy godfather, James Gilbert, has an unexpected proposition. Gilbert has led a sedate life in Worcestershire, but feels the urge to experience, even vicariously, the extremes of human feeling: love, passion, and something much more sinister.   It becomes apparent that Gilbert desires news filled with tales of carousing, flirtation, excess, and London’s more salacious side. But Gilbert’s elaborate and manipulative “experiments” into the workings of human behavior soon drag Richard into a Faustian vortex of betrayal and danger where lives are ruined and tragedy is only a step away.   With echoes of Dangerous Liaisons, Michael Irwin’s The Skull and the Nightingale is an urgent period drama that seduces the senses.

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Summary

Summary

Michael Irwin’s The Skull and the Nightingale is a chilling and deliciously dark, literary novel of manipulation and sex, intrigue and seduction, set in 18th-century England.
 
When Richard Fenwick returns to London, his wealthy godfather, James Gilbert, has an unexpected proposition. Gilbert has led a sedate life in Worcestershire, but feels the urge to experience, even vicariously, the extremes of human feeling: love, passion, and something much more sinister.
 
It becomes apparent that Gilbert desires news filled with tales of carousing, flirtation, excess, and London’s more salacious side. But Gilbert’s elaborate and manipulative “experiments” into the workings of human behavior soon drag Richard into a Faustian vortex of betrayal and danger where lives are ruined and tragedy is only a step away.
 
With echoes of Dangerous Liaisons, Michael Irwin’s The Skull and the Nightingale is an urgent period drama that seduces the senses.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Irwin creates an atmospheric portrait of the Georgian world in which this ambivalent rake’s progress takes place.” Sunday Times (London)
“Evokes Tom Jones, The Crimson Petal and the White, and Les Liaisons Dangereuses…Irwin has crafted a terrific historical novel, and an even better psychological thriller.” Entertainment Weekly
“Provocative.” Booklist
“A tale of morals, intriguingly told.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Michael Irwin

Author Bio: Michael Irwin

Michael Irwin is an emeritus professor of English literature at the University of Kent in Canterbury, where he specialized in eighteenth and nineteenth-century literature. His published work included a full-length study of Fielding and essays on Defoe, Richardson, Sterne, Smollett, Johnson, and Pope. He lives in Kent. 

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 14.04
Audience: Adult
Language: English