Reinkarnation’s job is to wade through the sea of lost books, trawling for big fish that might otherwise have slipped away unnoticed. Although 40 years old One Last Mad Embrace can hold its own against today’s fiction. Under Plum Lake is timeless. But what of original material? This year we are launching a new imprint – Backstory – for new books. First up is Gavin Weightman’s expose of a still-revered campaigning journalist, W. T. Stead, who shocked London (indeed the Empire) in 1885 with his headlines announcing he had bought a ‘£5 virgin’.
But it turned out just about everything in his supposedly irrefutable story of the purchase of the girl of thirteen was either fabricated or inaccurate.
Weightman’s forward can be found at www.backstory.la.