Fleshmarket by Nicola Morgan
  

Fleshmarket

Written by Nicola Morgan
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Synopsis

Fleshmarket by Nicola Morgan

It is Edinburgh, 1822, and young Robbie is eight years old when he witnesses his mother's pain and subsequent death from an operation - without anaesthetic - to remove a tumour from her breast at the hands of Dr Knox. Haunted by this terrible event, Robbie, his hapless father and baby sister Essie attempt to move on with their lives. But when Robbie's father loses all their money and disappears, Robbie is left to look after himself and his sister in the Edinburgh slums. Somehow he falls in with Burke and Hare, the two men whom Knox employs to 'collect' bodies for medical research. Robbie sees a way to avenge his mother's death. Convincing himself that Knox is having people killed for him to experiment on, Robbie eventually confronts him. But Robbie comes to realise that for all his hard-heartedness and corrupt methods, Knox's motives are ultimately for the good: to improve surgical conditions, and operate on patients with the greatest speed and therefore minimum risk. Robbie eventually trains to be a surgeon, finally giving meaning to his mother's tragic death.

Reviews

Novel beginnings are seldom more dramatic or more grim than the first 10 pages of Nicola Morgan's Fleshmarket. This is sweat-on-the-forehead stuff. In the startling introduction to her story, Morgan, an uncompromising writer who doesn't believe in holding back, takes you straight to the painful centre of what is to follow and leaves you gasping.

* The Sunday Telegraph * Fleshmarket more than lives up to its evocative name and stylish jacket ... Morgan raises surprisingly contemporary issues about medical ethics through her rip-roaring plot with it's mix of real and imagined characters. It's a tour de force, the kind of novel that simply will not let you go * The Sunday Herald * Morgan -- in only her second novel -- could already be fairly compared to the late, greatly missed Leon Garfield * The Independent * A dark and moving thriller set in 19th century Edinburgh ... Morgan's vivid portrayal of Edinburgh's Old Town, steeped in poverty, corruption and disease has a Dickensian lucidity, which lifts this novel out of the ordinary. The struggles of a young boy caring for his sister, coupled with the ethical and moral dilemmas facing the early surgical pioneers, make this a powerful and unforgettable story. * The Bookseller *

About the Author

Nicola Morgan

Nicola Morgan has written nearly a hundred books. Her previous titles for Walker include The Teenage Guide to Stress, winner of the School Library Association Award 2015, with both the judges’ and readers’ awards, Blame My Brain, which was shortlisted for the Aventis Prize for Science, and Wasted, which won the Scottish Children's Book Award and other awards and shortlistings. Nicola often speaks in schools and at conferences all over the world about issues concerning teenagers, such as stress and well-being, the reading brain and online life. Nicola also creates original resources for teachers. She is a former dyslexia specialist and is an Ambassador for Dyslexia Scotland.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
272 pages

Author

Nicola Morgan
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Author's Website

www.nicolamorgan.com/

Publisher

Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group

Publication date

16th October 2003

ISBN

9780340855577


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