Lloyd Shepherd

Lloyd Shepherd has worked for the past 12 years as a senior executive in the Internet business, holding senior management positions at Yahoo, The Guardian, Channel 4 and the BBC.  Before his online career Lloyd was a trade journalist, writing about the film and TV business for the likes of Financial Times and Variety.

The English Monster, his first novel, was published by Simon and Schuster in 2012 and has been shortlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award and the Goldsboro Books and Historical Writers Association debut historical fiction prize. A second novel, The Poisoned Island, was published by Simon and Schuster in 2013 and a third, Savage Magic, in 2014. His latest novel, The Detective and the Devil was published by Simon and Schuster in April 2016.

‘a satisfyingly rich and readable brew’ The Sunday Times

‘a superbly creepy thriller.. Shepherd has a talent for creating atmospheres that chill the spine yet his historical knowledge is bottomless.. Perfect reading for a cold night’ The Times

‘It’s splendid entertainment, delivered, despite the echoes of Dickens and Wilkie Collins, with a crisp, modern flourish.’ The Independent

‘A pitch perfect sense of history, intricately woven and sumptuously written with a whisper of perfectly imagined magic, makes this an unforgettable, utterly captivating read.’ Manda Scott

‘The book becomes a joyously, flamboyantly melodramatic scamper’ – Guardian

‘a wonderful novel.. He’s a terrific author; his books are clever, lyrical, atmospheric, but they tell a damn fine story, too.’ Joanne Harris

‘Shepherd really gets under the skin of Regency London … An ambitious novel’ – Daily Telegraph

‘This gripping novel puts a fantastical spin on the old tale of terror … his yarn is rich in atmosphere, taking us into smoky riverside inns, candle-lit panelled parlours and out into the rough streets around London’s docks … the power of the novel lies in its symbolism’ – Financial Times

‘A novel that skilfully interlaces the real with the imagined’ –Daily Express

‘This is a superb blend of both historical fact and fiction… intelligent and stylishly written, each being part historical thriller, part detective fiction and part fantasy horror… Lloyd Shepherd’s enthralling plot drips its own slow poison.’ – Sunday Express

‘Part detective fiction, part historical novel and part pirate adventure into entirely new territory, adding themes of national philosophy and moral turpitude to a story as rich in ideas as it is in intrigue … If all this sounds ambitious to the point of audacious for a debut novel, then suffice to say that Shepherd pulls it off.’ – Independent on Sunday

‘His achievement, in presenting a panorama which stretches from the beginnings of the Elizabethan era to the Regency period, is undoubtedly an impressive one. The English Monster is an original, imaginative investigation into some of the most disturbing aspects of the nation’s history.’ – Times Literary Supplement

The English Monster is an extraordinarily rich mixture of real and imagined characters spanning some 250 years from 1564, when Billy Ablass, a young Oxfordshire fortune-hunter, joins a fleet of ships in Plymouth commanded by Admiral John Hawkins bound for the new world via west Africa, to 1812, when river constable Charles Horton identifies the Ratcliff Highway murderer. So what’s the connection between Tudor England’s first slave-trading mission and a Georgian London sleuth? To give away any hint of the fantastic plot would ruin the book, and that would be a pity.’ – The Guardian

A brilliantly imagined historical crime novel that evokes such creations as Shardlake and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell’ – The Sun (Books of the Year, 2012)

‘Very stylish, very ingenious and very well written’ – Joanne Harris

 

Agent Name: Sam Copeland

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