This richly drawn novel defies the rules of categorization. Is it a
biography of two Victorian gentlemen, one famous and one infamous?
A historical fiction richly exploring English life at the turn of
the 20th cenutry? Or is it a whodunit exploring the persecution,
trial and wrongful imprisonment of an innocent man?
Julian Barnes masterfully examines the parallel lives of two boys,
both born in the late 1800s in very different circumstances. George
is the son of a vicar in the working class village of Great Wyrely.
A shy and myopic student, he doesn't seem to realize that he is the
half-caste result of marriage bet