THE DAUGHTER OF TIME by JOSEPHINE TEY.
..... Outer back cover.
FIRST SENTENCE (Chapter 1): Grant lay on his high white cot and stared at the ceiling.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 102): "Forty million school books can't be wrong," Grant said.
KEEP IT OR NOT?: A reading group book, I won't be buying a copy.
What a brilliant idea - part historical novel, part crime thriller/mystery, and part research project, this is a book that truly combines several genres.
Why then is it not too my liking?
Well, to be totally frank I don't think it worked particularly well on any of these levels. A big fan of historical fiction that involves real life characters, I do like to learn something from my novels and yet didn't do so reading this - oh, there were plenty of theories but ultimately no answers. Then again, perhaps I was expecting too much in expecting an answer as to did he (Richard) or didn't he, perhaps the whole point of the book was to take an alternative look at Richard III in which case it could be argued that the author succeeded
Too analytical for my liking, this reads more like a transcript of a court case than a novel and as such I'm looking forward to reading Alison Weir's The Princes in the Tower which I'm led to believe is a more 'traditional' rendering of the story. Still, a brave effort by Tey, it fascinates me that an author should choose to write a book that sets out to challenge the commonly held belief as taught to many, many school children that Richard III did indeed play a part in the murder of his nephews.