By Michèle Roberts
2011: whilst Madeleine loses her activity as a lecturer, she makes a decision to depart her riverside flat in cobbled Stew Lane, the place historical past by no means feels distant, and flow to Apricot position. but the following too, during this quiet Walworth cul-de-sac, she senses the prior encroaching: a transferring within the surroundings, a present of unseen lifestyles.
1851: and Joseph Benson has been hired by way of Henry Mayhew to aid study his articles at the operating sessions. A relatives guy with mouths to feed, Joseph is tasked with coaxing testimony from prostitutes. Roaming the Southwark streets, he's tempted by way of brothels' provides of delight – and as he struggles together with his task, he seeks solutions in Apricot position, the place the enigmatic Mrs Dulcimer runs a boarding house.
As those entwined tales spread, alive with the sensations of London previous and current, the 2 eras brush opposed to one another – a breath at Madeleine's neck, a voice in her head – the murmurs of ghosts echoing via time. Rendered in rapid, intoxicating prose, The Walworth good looks is a haunting story of hope and exploitation, isolation and loss, and the faltering look for human connection; this is often Michèle Roberts at her masterful best.
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