Dror Wahrman: 18th-century fakery, 6 June 2002
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California, 346 pp., £24.95, November 2001, 0 520 22062 5Show More
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Chatto, 321 pp., £17.99, April 2001, 9780701171094Show More
“... with the female lead is offset only by his boundless greed; a blind judge, the famous Sir John Fielding, who is widely believed to have been deceived by the enchanting villainess, despite his legendary reputation for discerning innocence or guilt in the voices of defendants; a rich and gullible Jewish sugar-daddy who attracts hints of anti-semitism; a ...”