The daughter of time / Josephine Tey.
Publication year: 2009
Publisher: London : Arrow, 2009.
ISBN: 9780099536826 (pbk.) : 009953682X (pbk.) :
Originally published: London: William Heinemann, 1951.
Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard, recuperating from a broken leg, becomes fascinated with a contemporary portrait of Richard III that bears no resemblance to the Wicked Uncle of history. Could such a sensitive, noble face actually belong to one of the world's most heinous villains - a venomous hunchback who may have killed his brother's children to make his crown secure? Or could Richard have been the victim, turned into a monster by the the Tudors? Grant determines to find out once and for all, with the help of the British Museum and an American scholar, what kind of man Richard III really was and who killed the Princes in the Tower.
221 pages ; 20 cm
Reading Group Review. The majority enjoyed this book. It certainly provoked lively discussion when we attempted to consider various quesitons on the nature of research, the difference between conducting it today with the internet available to all, and whether the author was using a novel to put forward her theory about Richard III's innocence. We agreed that it was not really a crime novel, nor a historical novel, though it had elements of both. The setting - a hospital in the 1950s - was interesting. How things have changed! Definitely worth reading for a different perspective.
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