“Norfolk’s ferocious, greedy originality of angle and expression evokes continuous astonishment.” The Times Literary Supplement
978-0-8021-3987-0 • $15.00 • Paperback • July 2003
An international best-seller and winner of the Somerset Maugham Prize, Lemprière’s Dictionary is the debut novel from Lawrence Norfolk, one of England’s most innovative, internationally acclaimed young authors.
In eighteenth-century London, John Lemprière works feverishly on a celebrated dictionary of classical mythology that bears his name. He discovers a conspiracy against his family dating back 150 years.
Told with the narrative drive of a political thriller and a Dickensian panorama of place and time, this astonishing tale encompasses the Great Voyages of Discovery, multinational financial conspiracies, and a motley cast of scholars and eccentrics, drunken aristocrats, whores and assassins, and octogenarian pirates, all brilliantly depicted across three continents and the world of classical mythology.