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Sunday, October 9, 2011

FLOWERS OF VITRIOL
By JOHN WHEATLEY
HISTORICAL NOVEL
ISBN-13: 978-0956734204
PAPERBACK PUBLISHED BY HULME HALL BOOKS [ www.hulmehallbooks.com  ] £9.99
 E-BOOK FROM AMAZON [£2.13]

Review by DEBORAH GRACE, first published on AMAZON


The year is 1817 and the setting is Amlwch, on the north east coast of Anglesey.
The `blackened mountain and sulphurous air' bear dubious testimony to the town's
status as copper capital of the world and on its streets social strife, borne of
hunger and poverty, threatens to erupt into open violence.


Into this volatile and toxic mix, mine superintendent, Thomas Kendrick, brings
his young bride, Alys, a capricious beauty whose sexually disruptive presence
infects men with a kind of madness. Jealousy, adultery and sexual exploitation
inevitably lead to disaster and make for an intriguing and often menacing tale.


With Anglesey providing the inspiration here, as in his debut novel ('A Golden
Mist'), John Wheatley appears to be doing for this part of North Wales what
Daphne du Maurier has done for Cornwall. In this second novel, the rugged
coastline and baleful influence of the vitriol works provide as much drama as
the characters themselves. Brilliant, brooding and atmospheric!

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