Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize Arthur and George grow up worlds apart in late nineteenth-century Britain: Arthur in shabby-genteel Edinburgh, George in the vicarage of a small Staffordshire village.
Arthur is to become one of the most famous men of his age, while George remains in hard-working obscurity.
But as the new century begins, they are brought together by a sequence of events that made sensational headlines at the time as The Great Wyrley Outrages.
This is a novel about low crime and high spirituality, guilt and innocence, identity, nationality and race.
Most of all it is a profound and moving meditation on the fateful differences between what we believe, what we know and what we can prove.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 512 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 07/09/2006
- Category: Historical fiction
- ISBN: 9780099492733