Will Starling by Ian WeirWill Starling by Ian Weir

Will Starling

byIan Weir

Hardcover | September 23, 2014

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Shortlisted, Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic

Longlisted, IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

From the acclaimed author of Daniel O'Thunder comes a rollicking, bawdy, and haunting novel about love and redemption, death and resurrection.

The great metropolis of London swaggers with Regency abandon as nineteen-year-old Will Starling returns from the Napoleonic Wars having spent five years assisting a military surgeon. Charming, brash, and damaged, Will is helping his mentor build a medical practice — and a life — in the rough Cripplegate area. To do so requires an alliance with the Doomsday Men: body snatchers that supply surgeons and anatomists with human cadavers.

After a grave robbing goes terribly awry and a prostitute is accused of murder, Will becomes convinced of an unholy conspiracy that traces its way back to Dionysus Atherton, the brightest of London's rising surgical stars. Wild rumours begin to spread of experiments upon the living and of uncanny sightings in London's dark streets.

Will's obsessive search for the truth twists through alleyways, brothels, and charnel houses, towards a shattering discovery — about Dionysus Atherton and about Will, himself.

Steeped in scientific lore, laced with dark humour, Will Starling is historical fiction like none other.

Ian Weir is a playwright, screenwriter, and novelist. His debut novel, Daniel O'Thunder, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book, as well as the Canadian Authors Association Award for fiction, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and the amazon.ca First Novel Award. His extensive television credits include c...
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Title:Will StarlingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:484 pages, 8.3 × 5.35 × 1.48 inPublished:September 23, 2014Publisher:Goose Lane EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0864926472

ISBN - 13:9780864926470

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A journey into London's seedier past The Novel, Will Starling, takes readers back in time to London's darkest alleys where bawdiness rules and death prevails. It is a dark tale sprinkled with grave robbing and the seedier side of life in London during the early 1800’s. Will Starling is a well developed character, intriguing, entertaining, clever. The author did a wonderful job of bringing him to life. I loved the dry, sharp wit of this character, and the writing, and how it broke up some of the darkness. Although I enjoyed the story, I found the book to be a challenging read as there is quite a bit of vernacular and slang. It took some getting used to, but if you slow down your reading pace, it will make sense. My other comment was that there was an overabundance of characters, something which I am not fond of as it bogs down the story and makes reading less enjoyable. Also, for those who are historical fiction purists, be warned that there is a paranormal element in this novel, but it was well done and didn’t sensationalize. As I read along there were moments of great suspense as well as areas where the pacing lagged somewhat. Overall, it was an interesting novel and worth the read as long as you are prepared for the challenges.
Date published: 2015-03-11

Editorial Reviews

From the acclaimed author of Daniel O'Thunder comes a rollicking, bawdy, and haunting novel about love and redemption, death and resurrection. The great metropolis of London swaggers with Regency abandon as nineteen-year-old Will Starling returns from the Napoleonic Wars having spent five years assisting a military surgeon. Charming, brash, and damaged, Will is helping his mentor build a medical practice — and a life — in the rough Cripplegate area. To do so requires an alliance with the Doomsday Men: body snatchers that supply surgeons and anatomists with human cadavers. After a grave robbing goes terribly awry and a prostitute is accused of murder, Will becomes convinced of an unholy conspiracy that traces its way back to Dionysus Atherton, the brightest of London's rising surgical stars. Wild rumours begin to spread of experiments upon the living and of uncanny sightings in London's dark streets. Will's obsessive search for the truth twists through alleyways, brothels, and charnel houses, towards a shattering discovery — about Dionysus Atherton and about Will, himself. Steeped in scientific lore, laced with dark humour, Will Starling is historical fiction like none other. - 20140917"Ian Weir has an uncanny ear for the earthy slang of Regency London. His characters are as engaging as the Artful Dodger or Fagin or Martin Chuzzlewit. This is not the polite England of Jane Austen or George Eliot, but an earthy romp through hangings, body snatchings, gin-soaked whores, and pitiful foundlings." — Roberta Rich, author of The Harem Midwife and The Midwife of Venice - 20140917