by Gregory Maguire
Headline Review Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780755341757
Date: 16 August 2010 List Price £7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
First published in the US back in 2001, Headline release the first UK mass market edition of Gregory Maguire's Lost. The author is, of course, best known for his interpretation of the Oz story with Wicked and the accompanying musical which continues to run all over the world.
"Winifred Rudge, a writer struggling to get beyond the runaway success of her mass-market astrology book, travels to London to start her new novel about the ghost of Jack the Ripper. Upon her arrival, she finds that her step-cousin and old friend John Comestor has disappeared, and a ghostly presence seems to have taken over his home. Is the spirit Winnie's great-great-grandfather, who, family legend claims, was Charles Dickens's childhood inspiration for Ebenezer Scrooge? Could it be the ghostly remains of Jack the Ripper? Or a phantasm derived from a more arcane and insidious origin? Winnie begins to investigate and finds herself the unwilling audience for a drama of specters and shades - some from her family's peculiar history and some from her own unvanquished past."