The Journal of Dora Damage

The Journal of Dora Damage

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Lambeth, London, 1859. By the time Dora Damage discovers that there is something wrong with her husband, Peter, it is too late. His arthritic hands are crippled, putting his book-binding business into huge debt and his family in danger of entering the poorhouse. Summoning her courage, Dora proves that she is more than just a housewife and mother. Taking to the streets, she resolves to rescue her family at any price-and finds herself lured into illegally binding expensive volumes of pornography commissioned by aristocrats. Then, when a mysterious fugitive slave arrives at her door, Dora realises she's entangled in a web of sex, money, deceit and the law. Now the very family she fought so hard for is under threat from a host of new, more dangerous foes.

Belinda Starling's debut novel is a startling vision of Victorian London, juxtaposing its filth and poverty with its affluence. In Dora Damage we meet a daring young heroine, struggling in a very modern way against the constraints of the day, and whose resourcefulness and bravery has us rooting for her all the way.
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 2007.
ISBN: 9780747593713
Branch Call Number: STA
Characteristics: 452 pages

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samdog123 Aug 28, 2008

An interesting read...victorian woman takes over her husband's bookbinding business and begins to bind pornographic material in order to make ends meet. Interesting psychological insights; it gets a little tedious midway, but has a great ending. Worth a read.

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