Monday, 15 December 2014

Book Review: Cannonbridge by Jonathan Barnes

Title: Cannonbridge
Author: Jonathan Barnes
Publisher: Solaris

Publication Date: 1 February 2015
Pages: 273
Format: E-Book - PDF
Genre: Fiction
Source: ARC via NetGalley


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Flamboyant, charismatic Matthew Cannonbridge was touched by genius, the most influential creative mind of the 19th century, a prolific novelist, accomplished playwright, the poet of his generation. The only problem is, he should never have existed and beleaguered, provincial, recently-divorced 21st Century don Toby Judd is the only person to realise something has gone wrong with history.

All the world was Cannonbridge's and he possessed, seemingly, the ability to be everywhere at once. Cannonbridge was there that night by Lake Geneva when conversation between Byron, Shelley and Mary Godwin turned to stories of horror and the supernatural. He was sole ally, confidante and friend to the young Dickens as Charles laboured without respite in the blacking factory. He was the only man of standing and renown to regularly visit Oscar Wilde in prison. Tennyson's drinking companion, Kipling's best friend, Robert Louis Stevenson's counsellor and guide - Cannonbridge's extraordinary life and career spanned a century, earning him a richly-deserved place in the English canon.

But as bibliophiles everywhere prepare to toast the bicentenary of the publication of Cannonbridge's most celebrated work, Judd's discovery will lead him on a breakneck chase across the English canon and countryside, to the realisation that the spectre of Matthew Cannonbridge, planted so seamlessly into the heart of the 19th Century, might not be so dead and buried after all...




Cannonbridge is an enjoyable romp through 19th century literature. The story was compelling, with plenty of turns along the way, and the characters were memorable and well-written. The twist at the end caught me by surprise and I found myself putting the book down with a smile on my face. Well worth a read - great for a lazy afternoon.

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