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Friday, 28 December 2018

The Likeness by Bill Kirton


The Likeness
has RECEIVED a


Chill with a Book READERS’ Award


Aberdeen, 1841. Woodcarver John Grant has an unusual new commission - creating a figurehead to feature onstage in the melodramas of a newly-arrived theatre group. Simultaneously, he’s also trying to unravel the mystery of the death of a young woman, whose body has been found in the filth behind the harbour’s fish sheds.

His loving relationship with Helen Anderson, which began in The Figurehead, has grown stronger but, despite the fact that they both want to be together, she rejects the restrictions of conventional marriage, in which the woman is effectively the property of the husband.

As John works on the figurehead, Helen persuades her father, a rich merchant, to let her get involved in his business, allowing her to challenge yet more conventions of a male-dominated society.

The story weaves parallels between the stage fictions, Helen’s business dealings, a sea voyage, stage rehearsals, and John’s investigations. In the end, the mystery death and the romantic dilemma are both resolved, but in unexpected ways.

Genre:  Historical / Scottish
Approx pages:  321


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1 comment:

  1. Belated thanks to all at CWAB for the new award. My own feelings about The Likeness were that it was at least equal to my previous award winner, The Figurehead (Apart from everything else, it took much longer to write), so it's wonderful to have confirmation. My sincere thanks to all.

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