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The Silversmith's Wife Paperback – February 7, 2017
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About the Author
Sophia Tobin is Library Secretary for the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths’. She previously worked for a Bond Street antique dealer for six years, specialising in silver and jewellery. Inspired by research she made into a real life eighteenth-century silversmith, Tobin began to write her first novel, The Silversmith's Wife, which was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize, judged by Sophie Hannah.
Top Customer Reviews
inside their houses but silently they can act as they wish provided they still have the money and not trheir husbands.
Historians go searching for searching for texts in letters and diaries to build up a picture of eighteenth century London life and they forget that it is the nature of women to be quiet and for men to go out and get drunk and start shouting and getting into fights.The two women who are at the centre of the novel Mary and Harriet are not
talkative and it is only in the carefully constructed bits which Ms.Tobin has inserted that we see them as
women who have to act decisively when the time comes.
The difficulty with the novel is the insertion of the Renard entries which Ms.Tobin could have either omitted in whole or in part because they are confusing to a reader .It is understandable that the author wants to show that
Renard has the personality to bring in the customers who will buy the silverware.and making him a Frenchman
at a time when England regarded the French who had executed their KIng recently with probably some hostility.
Tobin has a deep knowledge of that period of London history and hopefully she can do another book on Regency London