A Nest of Vipers


A Nest of Vipers is a rollicking 18th romp about a gang of young thieves who try to pull off one final, daring heist before going straight.   The book opens with Cato Hopkins, youngest member of Ma Hopkin’s  telling his tale to the Newgate Ordinary, the chaplain at Newgate prison, the night before he is to hang…

I absolutely adored historical fiction as a child but looking back, the few brown and black people who appeared on the pages were either loyal servants (e.g. the lascar in A Little Princess) or villains. A Nest of Vipers subverts these tropes brilliantly. Cato is a rogue who pretends to be a servant in order to pull off the biggest scam of his life, defeating an evil slaveowner  and coming out on top. In the tradition of books like Smith by Leon Garfield, this is a fabulous book for 10+

About g.r.del

reading, writing and the rest. @storyvilled on twitter.
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