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The Victorian Gothic novel THE ARROW CHEST

London, 1876.

The painter Amos Roselli is in love with his life-long friend and model, the beautiful Daphne - and she with him - until one day she is discovered by another man, a powerful and wealthy industrialist.

What will happen when Daphne realises she has sacrificed her happiness to a loveless marriage? What will happen when the artist realises he has lost his most cherished source of inspiration? And how will they negotiate the ever-increasing frequency of strange and bizarre events that seem to be driving them relentlessly towards self-destruction?

Here, amid the extravagant Neo-Gothic culture of Victorian England, the iconic poem ‘The Lady of Shalott’ blends with mysterious and ghostly glimpses of Tudor history. Romantic, atmospheric and deeply dark.

The cover to the novel 'The Arrow Chest' shows a woman in a Gothic landscape with swirling laurel leaves, flanked by Tudor Rose-motif iron gates

For a special page of reading notes for this novel CLICK HERE

(Warning: contains spoilers)

And for a Q&A with historical fiction blogger Arleigh Johnson, click here (External link opens in a new window).

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A Pre-Raphaelite-inspired tale of love and destiny

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“A joy to read … haunting, captivating and beautifully written.”

Claire Ridgway, The Anne Boleyn Files

“The novel is both an entertaining and an intellectual read … a cleverly written, suspenseful novel.”             

Irena Sladic, This Miss Loves to Read

“Dark humour, bizarre circumstances and festering desires fuse together seamlessly … creating yet another sumptuous and slightly demonic story.”

Claudia Robinson, Luxury Reading

“Possibly the most beautiful realisation of the true landscape of Victorian art, and the most convincing and touching portrait of a Victorian gentleman artist.”

Kirsty Stonell Walker, author and biographer

“Captivating. Mysterious. Delightful.”

Sylwia Zupanec, anne-boleyn.com

“From the very first page, I was in awe! An intermingling of the Victorian Era and the 16th-century tragedy of Anne Boleyn. How is that possible? Well, you need to read it to find out!

Charla Wilson,Book Talk with Charla

“A lovely, multi-layered novel of romance, suspense, ghostly hauntings and dreams, spiced with wonderful touches of humour and a fascinating glimpse of life in the Victorian era.”

Cat Toomey, Tell Me a Story

“A haunting portrait of Victorian England  ... I loved The Arrow Chest and did not want it to end.”

Teddy Rose, So Many Precious Books So Little Time

Createspace, first published January 4, 2011

Current: ISBN-10: 1499366019  Paperback: 342 pages en-gb.

eBook available on Kindle, Nook and iTunes

Latest Goodreads star rating: 4.38 out of 5

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