Set in the bustling society of Regency England and decaying Venice, A Man of Genius portrays a psychological journey from safety into secrecy and obsession.
After a troubled childhood, Ann St Clair achieves independence by earning her living as an author of cheap Gothic novels. Within a group of male writers, she meets and is enthralled by the supposed poetic genius Robert James. They become uneasy lovers.
Ann and Robert James travel from London through a Europe exhausted by the long Napoleonic Wars. They arrive in a Venice of spies and intrigue, where their relationship becomes tortuous, and Robert descends into near madness.
Forced to flee with a stranger, Ann delves into her past, to be jolted by a series of revelations about her lover, her parentage, the stranger and herself.
©2016 Bitter Lemon Press/Janet Todd (P)2016 Craftsman Audio Books
"Strange and haunting, a gothic novel with a modern consciousness." (Philippa Gregory)
"A mesmerizing story of love and obsession in 19th century Venice: dark and utterly compelling." (Natasha Solomons)
"Intriguing and entertaining; a clever, beguiling debut. Todd knows her Venice backwards." (Salley Vickers)
Praise for Janet Todd's work: "A rip-roaring read." (Michèle Roberts, The Sunday Times)
"Genuinely original." (Antonia Fraser, The Times)
"Fascinating, a page-turner and a delight." (Emma Donoghue)
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