The Resurrectionist

James Bradley
horror, history, thriller
The Resurrectionist - James Bradley

London, 1826: Gabriel Swift has left behind his father's failures to study with Edwin Poll, the greatest of the city's anatomists. It is his chance to find advancement by making a name for himself. But instead he finds himself drawn to his master's nemesis, Lucan, the most powerful of the city's resurrectionists and ruler of its trade in stolen bodies. Dismissed by his master, Gabriel descends into the violence and corruption of London's underworld, a place where everything and everyone is for sale, and where - as Gabriel discovers - the taking of a life is easier than it might seem.

Ten years later, another man teaches art in the penal colony of New South Wales, his spare time spent trapping and painting birds. But as becomes clear when he falls in love with one of his pupils, no one may escape their past forever, and the worst prisons are often those we make for ourselves.

Dark, frightening, but utterly mesmerising, The Resurrectionist is a spellbinding gothic thriller and a triumphant follow-up to James Bradley's internationally-acclaimed novels Wrack and The Deep Field.

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Release date: 2006
Genres: horror, history, thriller
Updated: August 12, 2021