"My Dirty Little Book of Stolen Time"
by Liz Jensen
Reading history and reviews
Finished in 2008This was another book that I failed to read on holiday last year: this time it was on our vacation to Myrtle Beach last October. It's another time-travel-based book - Charlotte the harlot from 1890s Copenhagen falls through time into "the Tin City" in "the Information Age" (i.e. modern day London). It's fun - there is a lightness of touch and comic undertone which doesn't overwhelm the evocation of the different times and places, and the various characters that inhabit (and travel between) them. (As an aside, I'm also fascinated by the different mechanisms proposed for time travel in these books - compare for example with the time-travelling gene as in The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger or the very original method of "believing" your way into the past, as in Jack Finney's Time and Again.)
I suspect that the style is a pastiche of period novels but I haven't read enough to really know. I do know that I really enjoyed it, and it's interested me in reading other stuff by Liz Jensen in the future.