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Shadowplay

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A West End theater in London is shaken up by the crimes of Jack the Ripper in this novel by the New York Times–bestselling author of The Star of the Sea.
Henry Irving is Victorian London's most celebrated actor and theater impresario. He has introduced groundbreaking ideas to the theater, bringing to the stage performances that are spectacular, shocking, and always entertaining. When Irving decides to open his own London theater with the goal of making it the greatest playhouse on earth, he hires a young Dublin clerk harboring literary ambitions by the name of Bram Stoker to manage it. As Irving's theater grows in reputation and financial solvency, he lures to his company of mummers the century's most beloved actress, the dazzlingly talented leading lady Ellen Terry, who nightly casts a spell not only on her audiences but also on Stoker and Irving both.
Bram Stoker's extraordinary experiences at the Lyceum Theatre, his early morning walks on the streets of a London terrorized by a serial killer, his long, tempestuous relationship with Irving, and the closeness he finds with Ellen Terry, inspire him to write Dracula, the most iconic and best-selling supernatural tale ever published.
A magnificent portrait both of lamp-lit London and of lives and loves enacted on the stage, Shadowplay's rich prose, incomparable storytelling, and vivid characters will linger in readers' hearts and minds for many years.
"A vibrantly imaginative narrative of passion, intrigue and literary ambition set in the garish heyday of a theater. . . . Artfully splicing truth with fantasy, O'Connor has a glorious time turning a ramshackle and haunted London playhouse into a primary source for Stoker's Gothic imaginings." —Miranda Seymour, The New York Times Book Review
"A gorgeously written historical novel about Stoker's inner life. . . . I wasn't prepared to be awed by his prose, which is so good you can taste it. . . . O'Connor dazzles." —Michael Dirda, The Washington Post
"And Mr. O'Connor's main characters—Stoker, Irving and the beloved actress Ellen Terry—are so forcefully brought to life that when, close to tears, you reach this drama's final page, you will return to the beginning just to remain in their company." —Anna Mundow, The Wall Street Journal
"This novel blows the dust off its Victorian trappings and brings them to scintillating life." —Publishers Weekly, PW Picks, Starred Review
FINALIST 2019 COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR
FINALIST 2020 DALKEY LITERARY AWARD
2020 WALTER SCOTT PRIZE

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Publisher: Europa Editions

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  • Release date: March 29, 2022

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  • ISBN: 9781609455941
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A West End theater in London is shaken up by the crimes of Jack the Ripper in this novel by the New York Times–bestselling author of The Star of the Sea.
Henry Irving is Victorian London's most celebrated actor and theater impresario. He has introduced groundbreaking ideas to the theater, bringing to the stage performances that are spectacular, shocking, and always entertaining. When Irving decides to open his own London theater with the goal of making it the greatest playhouse on earth, he hires a young Dublin clerk harboring literary ambitions by the name of Bram Stoker to manage it. As Irving's theater grows in reputation and financial solvency, he lures to his company of mummers the century's most beloved actress, the dazzlingly talented leading lady Ellen Terry, who nightly casts a spell not only on her audiences but also on Stoker and Irving both.
Bram Stoker's extraordinary experiences at the Lyceum Theatre, his early morning walks on the streets of a London terrorized by a serial killer, his long, tempestuous relationship with Irving, and the closeness he finds with Ellen Terry, inspire him to write Dracula, the most iconic and best-selling supernatural tale ever published.
A magnificent portrait both of lamp-lit London and of lives and loves enacted on the stage, Shadowplay's rich prose, incomparable storytelling, and vivid characters will linger in readers' hearts and minds for many years.
"A vibrantly imaginative narrative of passion, intrigue and literary ambition set in the garish heyday of a theater. . . . Artfully splicing truth with fantasy, O'Connor has a glorious time turning a ramshackle and haunted London playhouse into a primary source for Stoker's Gothic imaginings." —Miranda Seymour, The New York Times Book Review
"A gorgeously written historical novel about Stoker's inner life. . . . I wasn't prepared to be awed by his prose, which is so good you can taste it. . . . O'Connor dazzles." —Michael Dirda, The Washington Post
"And Mr. O'Connor's main characters—Stoker, Irving and the beloved actress Ellen Terry—are so forcefully brought to life that when, close to tears, you reach this drama's final page, you will return to the beginning just to remain in their company." —Anna Mundow, The Wall Street Journal
"This novel blows the dust off its Victorian trappings and brings them to scintillating life." —Publishers Weekly, PW Picks, Starred Review
FINALIST 2019 COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR
FINALIST 2020 DALKEY LITERARY AWARD
2020 WALTER SCOTT PRIZE

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