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Summary

Poet, forger, and genius, Thomas Chatterton died in 1770, aged 18. His death was thought to be suicide: But what really happened?

Two hundred years later, Charles Wychwood and Harriet Scrope become obsessed with decoding the clues in an 18th-century manuscript. Their investigation raises some intriguing questions....

A century before, as 19th-century artist Henry Wallis paints his celebrated portrait of Chatterton lying dead in an attic room, he, too, becomes fascinated by the mystery. Then Chatterton himself steps forward, with his own story....

©1887 Peter Ackroyd (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Wonderful story, beautifully told

I loved everything about this book. A clever plot with extraordinary characters, brought to life by the best narrator I have come across in my Audible journey.

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Wonderful!

Peter Ackroyd's writing is marvellous, as always. He manages to give the story of Chatterton an interesting twist, while also giving us interesting insights.

James Wilby is an excellent narrator, who gives the story life without being intrusive. Just what I want from an audiobook.

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Unsatisfying

The narrator starts doing the most awful old lady voice a couple of chapters in - ghastly and grating to listen to I could barely bear to listen to the end.