Tennyson’s Gift – Lynne Truss


Unexpectedly moving and written with a mischievous sense of humour, Tennyson’s Gift is a triumphantly funny foray into eccentricity on the Isle of Wight.


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Tennyson’s Gift by Lynne Truss

It is July 1864 and the Isle of Wight is buzzing with eccentric creative types. A morose Alfred Tennyson is reciting Maud to empty sofas, whilst photographer Julia Margaret Cameron white-washes roses and tries to capture Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) in heroic poses. Into this cauldron of unrequited love and egotism step an acclaimed painter, his sixteen-year-old wife and a father-and-daughter team of phrenologists.