According to queeney beryl bainbridge little brown 1699 pp224 in the summer of 1766 samuel johnson exhausted by his colossal labours on his dictionary and his edition of shakespeare . Written from the perspective of the thraless daughter according to queeney heightens fact with fiction sincerity with irony and humor with despair longlisted for the man booker prize it is a captivating account of the georgian era lending modern insight to british history. According to queeney follows johnsons last twenty years and his friendship with the thrale family most of the characters are enormously self centered remiss in love and filled with below fir found this book to be delightfully unusual. Queeney was the nickname given to hester maria thrale derived evidently from queen esther the oldest daughter of hester lynch thrale later piozzi wife of a well to do 18th century brewer . In according to queeney bainbridge imaginatively re creates johnsons later years when he was closely connected to hester thrale the wife of a wealthy brewer bainbridge structures the novel
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