Don't Hide from Tim Powers
January - a month of fleeting days and long, cold nights; a time to hunker down and huddle by the fire with new resolutions and old regrets. What better time to give yourself over to the dark past and travel back to the London of 1862, to a city of over three million souls, of stinking fog and narrow, winding streets?
Through these streets walks the poet Christina Rossetti, haunted and tormented by the ghost of her uncle, John Polidori. Without him, she cannot write, but her relationship with him threatens to shake London itself to the ground.
This fascinating, clever novel vividly recreates the stews and slums of Victorian London - a city of dreadful delight. But it is the history of a hidden city, where nursery rhymes lead the adventurer through haunted tunnels and inverted spires. And where the price of poetic inspiration is blood.
And if you like this, there's a whole new world of Tim Powers waiting to be discovered: