“The Man Behind The Glass is based around a character called Septimus Blackwood, a Victorian photographer with a difference. The story is set in London’s East end in the year 1860 . It is predominantly a mystery adventure story, based on uncovering the hidden secrets of life and death and a quest for a missing legacy buried deep amongst the forgotten rivers and cellars beneath old London.
It is also a race against time, Septimus not only finds himself competing against the tide,he is also at odds with the twin evils of Joseph Bazalgette’s new sewage system and the formation of what was to become known as London’s underground train network.
It takes the reader on a supernatural journey of intrigue, horror and unexpected fantastical explorations. Mid Victorian London, was a place and time unlike any other; it was a time of expansion, vision, exploration and experiment. It was also a time of great contrasts, in wealth, health and opportunities. This intriguing voyage of discovery combined with the highly satirical characters found therein takes you to the edge of your seat and beyond…
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This is a fabulous novel – a perfect read for dark, frosty evenings. It is full of vivid description and mournful prose (...the mighty Thames, the great gateway to the world, catalyst of so many dreams and ideas … this murky cluttered seaway was the centre of the known world. Sure there were other great ports in Europe, but they were merely arteries to feed the great vibrant pumping heart of this British Empire.) (… dancers … mournfully waltzing their way through the dense mounds of rubble … the room was suffocating in its own indignant restlessness … its former grandeur seemed little more than a gold-gilted teardrop, embedded within the sodden fabric of its soul.) The intrigue, ghostly encounters, dark humour and historical facts are all riveting.
I was transported to the foggy, murky alleys, waterways and circuses of Victorian London, where I met a babble of misfits and miscreants: some of them charming in a way that melts your heart (little Pigeon and the Snake Girl); some of them wickedly witty and risible (the Rumbtuckles) and others downright menacing (John the Chemist has a very alarming secret!) The bizarre things Septimus does with photographs will both amaze and disturb you, and the haunting journeys through the underground tunnels of London, with their literal and metaphorical twists and turns, will have you on the edge of your seat. I couldn’t put it down and would highly recommend losing yourself in it too!Miss M. Rawlinson
A fantastic read, taking you on a journey to the mid 1800's in London. The protagonist, Septimus Blackwood, has a plan to go to the underbelly of the city; the ancient tunnels that traverse under ground, to explore his family's history and thus to gather some ancient artifacts that he needs to further his experiments in his photography laboratory. Here he takes photographs of all kinds of people, utilizing this newly emerging science with the alchemy of materials and secret formulas, taking his models' pictures and capturing them, literally, as it turns out. The outcome of these journeys and the team he gathers to go with him are wildly imaginative and wonderfully entertaining. The writer has a masterful way of describing his characters and their exploits, taking the reader along on a journey, first above ground and then down below, discovering what may be the secrets to life and death and the interim between… truly a great novel!William Bethnay
Bubbling with intrigue. dripping with gothic nuance, overflowing with wonderful characters and fizzing with the filth of 19th Century London…
you will never look at a photographic portrait in the same way again…
I loved it… can you tell? !Claire Dean
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