Traces Remain, By Charles Nicholls
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books 2013, and the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014, and is currently judging the Aesthetica Magazine new writing prize.
Saturday 15 December 2012
In these 25 essays written over as many years, Nicholls presents some teasing historical biographies of people and places, and he both fleshes these out and draws our attention to their enduring mysteries.
Subjects range from Christopher Marlowe and Jack the Ripper to 'unknowns' – those whose infamous deeds have long been obscured, from the arrest of a 16th century alchemist and conman to the shame of Shakespeare's former landlord who was dragged to court for his four-in-a-bed in a "naughty house".
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