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A Jacketing Concern

By Margaret Southall


Publication Date: September 27, 2016

London 1811. To protect the dubious reputations of both himself and a courtesan, the head of a disreputable family, worldly Lord Roderick Davenant, takes home and consigns to the care of his servants Addy, a climbing boy ( sweep’s apprentice) who accidentally falls down the bedroom chimney during a clandestine tryst.

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London 1811. To protect the dubious reputations of both himself and a courtesan, the head of a disreputable family, worldly Lord Roderick Davenant, takes home and consigns to the care of his servants Addy, a climbing boy ( sweep’s apprentice) who accidentally falls down the bedroom chimney during a clandestine tryst.

Davenant’s groom, Henry, discovers the orphan Addy is no ordinary climbing boy; he behaves like a gentleman, is literate, speaks fluent French, and says he lives in a “castle” with is grandfather. Henry is sure Addy is the victim of “a jacketing concern,” underworld slang for the usurpation of someone from his wealth. At first skeptical about this, Davenant changes his mind when he learns Addy knows Latin.

Ever one for sport, Davenant accepts a wager to find Addy’s family from a young man with a grudge against him. From the beginning, Davenant’s quest is beset by murder and danger. Someone seems to know his every move. Why does a man in buckled shoes follow him? A pedlar watch his house? A sinister duke so interested in Addy? Who is it that wants Addy dead?

Aided by a cheeky climbing boy, Bodger; an attractive Quaker heiress and a brothel bawd, Davenant’s search takes him from Mayfair to London’s underworld, from Liverpool to Sussex smuggling haunts until he discovers that the answers he seeks are much closer to him than he realized.

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  • Format : Paperback | eBook
  • Publication Date : September 27, 2016
  • Language : English; 310 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1-910282-54-0
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 9 inches | 229 x 159mm

About The Author

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Although born in Wolverhampton, Margaret was raised in the holiday resort of Eastbourne on the English South Coast. There it wasn’t difficult for her to become interested in history: her home was a couple of blocks from the redoubt and martello towers built to repel Napoleon, a few miles from the old Roman fort at Pevensey Bay, where William the Conqueror landed, and a half-hour train ride from Brighton with its Royal Pavilion. Margaret began her “literary” career making up stories to tell her sister when they were young. Her first “published work” was a story she wrote at age ten for her elementary school’s “annual”, a book written, illustrated and hand bound by the senior class. Her first journalism job was with a freelance news agency serving Eastbourne and area for the national daily, London evening, and Sunday papers, the Press Association, television and radio. She then worked at the bi-weekly “Eastbourne Gazette and Herald” as a reporter and then sub-editor, the latter post teaching her much about the use of the written word. After immigrating to Canada she became editor of a weekly paper in a small town in the wilds of Northern Ontario, and then news editor of an Ontario evening daily paper. In addition to university courses, she has a certificate in dramatic scriptwriting with honours and a creative arts certificate, also with honours from Algonquin College, Ottawa. Her interest in history also led her to become a docent at the Canadian Museum of Civilizaton, Ottawa, teaching Canadian history to schoolchildren. Margaret is a lifelong bookworm, who loves doing research. Her other hobbies are travel, art, theatre and fine dining.

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