New fiction: Go for gothic | The Economist

LAUREN OWEN’S debut, “The Quick”, a long and complex gothic fiction, has been praised by Kate Atkinson and Hilary Mantel. It starts in about 1870 in Aiskew Hall, a “mostly shut-up” old house in Yorkshire. From there it plunges into a murky late-Victorian London of secret gentleman’s clubs, glittering ballrooms, East End doss houses, steam trains and rattling carriages. (The familiarity of the setting is acknowledged by passing references to novels by Wilkie Collins and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.)

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