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Tennyson's Gift Paperback – 2010
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All of the characters in this book are based on Real People from the wonderful Julia Margaret Cameron to Ellen Terry, Lorenzo and Jessie Fowler, G F Watts and of course Tennyson. Historians might quibble about the accuracy of the portrayals especially of stuttering do-do Dodgson as Truss overplays his social awkwardness and interest in little girls, though to great comic effect. The era however is evoked wonderfully.
A lesser contemporary novelist would have had Lewis Carrol solve a murder or fight vampires Truss involves him in a nosensical farce that echoes his own novel and the result is hliarious. If you are a fan of English comedy especially class based comedies like those of Wilde or Wodehouse you will love this book.