Author(s): Chevalier, Tracy,
Date of Publication: 04/02/2008,
Pagination: 416 pages,
Imprint: The Borough Press,
Published By: HarperCollins Publishers,
Book Classification: Historical fiction
Tell me, then: would you say you are innocent or experienced?'
1792. Uprooted from their quiet Dorset village to the riotous streets of London, young Jem Kellaway and his family feel very far from home. They struggle to find their place in this tumultuous city, still alive with the repercussions of the blood-splattered French Revolution.
Luckily, streetwise Maggie Butterfield is on hand to show Jem the ropes. Together they encounter the neighbour they've been warned about: radical poet and artist William Blake. Jem and Maggie's passage from innocence to experience becomes the very stuff of poetic inspiration...