In these wonderfully stylish and eclectic essays, Charles Nicholl pursues the fugitive traces of the past with the skill and relish that have earned him a reputation as one of the finest literary and historical detectives of our time.His subjects range from a murder-case in Renaissance Rome to the disappearance of Jim Thompson in 1960s Malaya, from the boyhood of Christopher Marlowe to the crimes of Jack the Ripper, from the remnants of a lost Shakespeare play to the last days of the poet-boxer Arthur Cravan in a Mexican fishing port.Full of insights, curiosities and unexpected discoveries, these thirty pieces written over two decades show the author of The Lodger and Leonardo da Vinci at his inquisitive best.Essays and Explorations Charles Nicholl ... The first ominous tower-blocks in smudged concrete merge up out of the littoral. ... He lives near by, in a little terrace of mission houses whose address, Mughalsarai, harks back to Mughal days. ... on the kitchen table, stacked in cabin-sized bedrooms, are hundreds of books, all covered in brown paper with their Hindi titles inscribed in schoolmasterly ink. Besideanbsp;...
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