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New Albion

Dwayne Brenna

Coteau Books

AS AFICIONADOS of the theatre know, the Victorian age was arguably one of the bleakest eras for the art form, complete with grubby dressing rooms, dingy performance halls, pathetic wages, unappreciative audiences, and stale, torrid melodrama, all served up with a whiff of the illicit and the profane for good measure. Against this backdrop, Dwayne Brenna has created a curiously structured novel loosely based on the life and works of George Dibdin Pitt, stock playwright at the Britannia Theatre in 1840s Hoxton.

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