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'The Thing About Thugs' (new novel set in Victorian London)

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  • 'The Thing About Thugs' (new novel set in Victorian London)

    This sounds like it might be of interest to a few folks on here: The Thing About Thugs by Tabish Khair (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) (Economist review)

    Mr Khair prefers to think of it as an immigrant novel, exploring another London before it became celebrated for its multiculturalism. Indeed, like the best novels about migrants, it conjures up a city that is at once recognisable and alien. Much of the action takes place in shady houses where the migrants meet, or in the slum-lanes of St Giles. The smoky, dirty London is familiar but it is Mr Khair’s focus on a single culture that makes it so foreign.
    PS - Hang on £24 for a 256-pg novel?!

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    Sounds like it could be interesting, though at $24 (a bargain compared to 24 pounds) I'll see if I can get it from the library. Pity about the spoiler, sounds as if the author wasn't all that interested in the mystery.

    Makes me think of the "Imperial Gothic" genre, the old-fashioned sort of writing that mixed imperial settings with fantasy, Lost Race stories, adventure, crime, ghost stories.
    Dave Hardy

    My books: Crazy Greta, Tales of Phalerus the Achaean, and Palmetto Empire.