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Childish Loves

Benjamin Markovits

A stunning historical novel following Byron’s scandalous life and loves, and the literary detective attempting to piece it all together.

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9780571271924
Date Published
18.08.2011
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Summary

When his former colleague Peter Sullivan dies, the narrator of Childish Loves inherits his life’s work – a number of fragmentary manuscripts about the life of Lord Byron. Fascinated by his prose – and intrigued by the rather sinister rumours surrounding Peter’s life, including whispers of an inappropriate liaision with a young boy – he has the manuscripts published and then sets out to discover whether the reimagining of Byron’s lost memoires can provide a key to Sullivan’s own elusive life and tarnished reputation.

Acting as a literary sleuth, he sorts through boxes of Sullivan’s writing; reads between the lines of his scandalous, Byron-inspired stories; meets with the Society for the Publication of the Dead; and tracks down people from Peter’s past in an effort to untangle rumour from reality. In the process, he crafts a masterful story-within-a-story that turns on uncomfortable questions about childhood and sexual awakening, innocence and attraction, while exploring the lives of three very different writers and their brushes with success and failure in both literature and life.

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Benjamin Markovits grew up in Texas, London and Berlin. He is the author of eleven novels, including Either Side of Winter, You Don’t Have To Live Like This, and Christmas in Austin. He has published essays, stories, poetry and reviews on subjects ranging from the Romantics to American sports in the Guardian, Granta, The Paris Review and The New York…

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