Curtains up

Although it is a work of fiction it dramatises the lives of three real life Victorians in the shape of superstar actors Henry Irving, Ellen Terry and  Dracula author, and Lyceum Theatre manager Bram Stoker.

The backdrop to the action is the world of Oscar Wilde and Jack the Ripper, but the action is centred around the life of Stoker, Irving and Terry. O'Connor presents his novel through diaries, letter and asides in this story of love, and intrigue in luvvieland.

O'Conner said the book is about, "love and sexuality and continuity and unconventionality." Talking about fiction generally he said, "something  kind of sacred happens when you tell a story."

As we follow the ups and downs of the three main protagonists the novel explores the question of how real human connections can be made.

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