Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT BACK HOME by Tom Williams @TomCW99 #TuesdayBookBlog #HistFic

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Terry has been reading Back Home by Tom Williams


BACK HOME by Tom Williams

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by me as a member of Rosie Amber’s Review Team

I loved this book. Although the third part of a trilogy, it is a complete stand-alone (I haven’t read the other parts), with a two page preface that gives exactly the right information about what has happened before; this is so well written that I couldn’t wait to get cracking on the main story.

Back Home is an excellent piece of intricately researched historical fiction, set in the mid-19th century, when affluent, middle class John Williamson returns home from thirty years in Borneo and India to find England a place that has gone through much change. Circumstances take him to London, where he becomes involved with the murky, criminal side of life in order to rescue a friend from danger—and because he is being blackmailed.

I enjoyed every word of this novel. It’s so cleverly written, with low-key humour in parts, the research used subtly and unobtrusively. Williamson’s new life centres around an underground industry; the detail about this is fascinating, as are the eye-opening accounts of life in early Victorian slums. That aside, I loved reading about his impressions of this new London, his observations about the sociological changes and patterns, and the people he meets. Even the mundane domestic detail held my attention a hundred per cent.

I shall be reading the previous book, Cawnpore, very soon, and highly recommend this novel to all lovers of intelligent historical fiction. Really impressed!

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13 thoughts on “Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT BACK HOME by Tom Williams @TomCW99 #TuesdayBookBlog #HistFic

    • I love it so much when people enjoy books I’ve recommended, really gives me a thrill, Olga! If only I didn’t have to write as well, I could really go for this book blogging…!


  1. So glad you enjoyed this so much. I love that it has some humour in parts. Sounds like a nicely researched historical fiction novel.
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