This raunchy novel, The Skull and the Nightingale, of sex and manipulation — set in 18th-century England — evokes Tom Jones, The Crimson Petal and the White, and Les Liaisons Dangereuses. When Richard Fenwick returns from his Grand Tour, his 79-year-old godfather instructs him to move to London and report on his carnal adventures: ”I would hope to live differently and dangerously through you.” Richard is only too happy to oblige, and the lusty greed of 1760s London comes alive through letters describing his darker sexual exploits. Irwin has crafted a terrific historical novel, and an even better psychological thriller. A-
NOT YOUR AVERAGE CAMP PENPAL Protagonist Richard Fenwick writes letters to his septuagenarian godfather detailing his 18th-century England sexploits and adventures in author Michael Irwin's gripping historical novel.
Genre: Fiction; Author: Michael Irwin; Publisher: William Morrow
Posted July 26 2013 — 12:00 AM EDT
- Can the 'Legends of Tomorrow' ever truly defeat Vandal Savage?
- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Ryan Reynolds on how he was forced into 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'
- Casting Net: Taraji P. Henson to star in Hidden Figures
- 'Grey's Anatomy' star Ellen Pompeo on Meredith-centric midseason return
- Nasim Pedrad to play teenage boy in Fox pilot 'Chad: An American Boy'
- A house divided in 'House of Cards' season 4 trailer
- 'Gilmore Girls' revival casts former 'Bunheads' star Sutton Foster
- 30 Exclusive First Look Photos at the New Wizarding World of Harry Potter
- This Is What the Grammys Looked Like in 1996
- 'Beautiful Girls': Where Are They Now?
- 15 Musicians Who Banned Candidates From Using Their Songs
- See '90s Stars at the 1996 'Broken Arrow' Premiere
- 35 Tom Hiddleston Photos For His 35th Birthday