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Surgeon of Crowthorne/Winchester, Si/Paper/0140271287/S010-F
Two distinguished-looking Victorians, both learned and serious, yet from very different worlds: one a brilliant polymath, the other a madman and murderer.
Dr James Murray, erudite and pious, who broke free from an impoverished childhood to become a towering figure of British scholarship and editor of the great Oxford Dictionary.
Dr W. C. Minor, lascivious, charismatic, a millionaire American Civil War surgeon and homicidal lunatic. Confined to Broadmoor Asylum he pursued his passion for words and became one of the OED's most valued contributors.
Their lives and unlikely friendship are unravelled in Simon Winchester's classic work of detection.
"In this elegant book the writer has created a vivid parable, in the spirit of Nabokov and Borges - full of suspense, pathos and humour" - Wall Street Journal.
"A jewel of a book, scholarly, beguiling and moving - as gripping as any thriller. - Scotland on Sunday.
"A wonderful story... It has all the ingredients of one of Patrick McGrath's icily stylish novels: madness, violence, arcane obsessions, weird learning, ghastly comedy." - John Banville, Literary Review.