From the acclaimed author of Daniel O’Thunder comes a rollicking, bawdy, and haunting novel about love and redemption, death and resurrection.
Join Ian Weir as he talks about his latest novel, Will Starling on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Stan Hagen Theatre at Comox Valley campus as part of the Write Here Readers Series sponsored by North Island College.
The great metropolis of London swaggers with Regency abandon as 19-year-old Will Starling returns from the Napoleonic Wars having spent five years assisting a military surgeon. Charming, brash, and damaged, Will is helping his mentor build a medical practice – and a life – in the rough Cripplegate area. To do so requires an alliance with the Doomsday Men: body snatchers that supply surgeons and anatomists with human cadavers.
After a grave robbing goes terribly awry and a prostitute is accused of murder, Will becomes convinced of an unholy conspiracy that traces its way back to Dionysus Atherton, the brightest of London’s rising surgical stars. Wild rumours begin to spread of experiments upon the living and of uncanny sightings in London’s dark streets.
Steeped in scientific lore, laced with dark humour, Will Starling is historical fiction like none other.
Among Weir’s extensive television credits, he was writer and executive producer of the critically acclaimed CBC gangland miniseries Dragon Boys. Currently he is creator and executive producer of CBC’s hit adventure/drama series Arctic Air, which has just been nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Dramatic Series.
Learn more about Ian Weir at www.ianweir.net.
This free public event is sponsored by North Island College and hosted by English department’s Write Here Readers Series.
For more information, visit www.nic.bc.ca/events or call 250-334-5000 ext. 4017.