Digging Up Milton

by Jennifer Wallace

London, 1790: John Milton, one of Britain’s greatest poets, has been dead for over a century. Lizzie Grant, gravedigger, wife and entrepreneur, is very much alive.

When Milton’s bones surface at St Giles’s Church in London’s Cripplegate, illiterate yet enterprising Lizzie seizes the opportunity to make her mark on history. But Lizzie hasn’t accounted for Milton’s power – as a hero, as a revolutionary and as a literary genius. Amongst circulating body parts and surrounded by hypocrisy, Lizzie’s dreams start to unravel.

This darkly humorous novel vividly captures the boisterous, bawdy life of the 18th century London streets in a tale of greed, guilt and a paradise lost.


Book Info

Name: Digging Up Milton
Author: Jennifer Wallace
Publisher: Cillian Press
Pub Date: Oct 2015

PBack: 978-1-909776-10-4
eBook: 978-1-909776-11-1
PB RRP: £9.99

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About the Author - Jennifer Wallace

Jennifer Wallace grew up in London and Edinburgh. She studied Classics and English at Cambridge University where she now teaches English Literature. Research for some of her previous books has led her to follow Byron’s footsteps through the Pindus Mountains and to swim in the Belize jungle in search of the Mayan entrance to the underworld. She has worked as a freelance journalist and played double bass in a jazz quartet. Digging up Milton is her first novel