23. Charles Palliser commends Doctor Forrest

No literary-minded soul with a love for the fiction of the nineteenth century/Victorian era could fail to be an admirer of the contemporary novelist Charles Palliser, whose The Quincunx: The Inheritance of John Huffam, with its richly repaid debts of love to Dickens and Wilkie Collins, was so deservedly a sensation on first publication in 1989-1990. The Sensationist, Betrayals and The Unburied have since followed, all very different but equally marvellous works. I’ve never met Mr Palliser but he was so kind as to read an early copy of The Possessions of Doctor Forrest and I’m really delighted to report that he had the following words to say:

‘I found it gripping and most unusual. It’s fiendishly clever in the way it keeps the reader guessing. I had an inkling of what was really going on because of the witty use of literary parallels but I hadn’t worked out more than a part of it and it kept me intrigued to the end. It combines the mystery element of a good detective novel with the creepiness of a horror story. And as an added bonus, the author writes good prose: colloquial and vivid.’
Charles Palliser, author of The Quincunx


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