History leaves its traces all around us. In this stylish, intriguing collection of essays, Charles Nicholl transforms glimpses of the past into witty and poignant vignettes of people and places, from Jacobean pimps to Patagonian giants, from the remnants of a lost Shakespeare play to a new Jack the Ripper suspect, from the trial of Beatrice Cenci in Renaissance Rome to the last days of the poet-boxer Arthur Cravan in a Mexican fishing port. These twenty-five essays pursue fugitive traces of historical evidence with uncanny forensic skill, and reanimate lost times in vivid and compelling detail.
‘Some writers are so good at what they do that they can take you anywhere. Charles Nicholl is one of them.’ Irish Times
‘Our finest literary and historical detective . . . Deliciously readable.’ Financial Times
‘Charles Nicholl confirms his role as literature’s historic Holmes . . . thoroughly captivating.’ Scotsman
Traces Remain: Essays and Explorations By (author) Charles Nicholl ISBN:9780140296822