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Matthew Kneale

Autor(a) de English Passengers

12+ Works 3,497 Membros 115 Reviews 4 Favorited

About the Author

Matthew Kneale lives in Oxford, England. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Obras de Matthew Kneale

English Passengers (2000) 2,148 cópias, 39 resenhas
When We Were Romans (2008) 427 cópias, 55 resenhas
Rome: A History in Seven Sackings (2017) 299 cópias, 5 resenhas
Sweet Thames (1992) 170 cópias, 1 resenha
Small Crimes in an Age of Abundance (2005) 170 cópias, 3 resenhas
Pilgrims (2020) 86 cópias, 4 resenhas
Whore Banquets (1987) 75 cópias, 3 resenhas
The Cameraman (2023) 10 cópias
Powder (2006) 8 cópias, 1 resenha
Inside Rose's Kingdom (1989) 2 cópias

Associated Works

The Cruise (1995) — Contribuinte — 15 cópias


Conhecimento Comum

Nome padrão
Kneale, Matthew
Data de nascimento
País (para mapa)
Local de nascimento
London, England, UK
Locais de residência
London, England, UK
University of Oxford (Magdalen College)
Kneale, Nigel (vader)
Kerr, Judith (mother)



A novel strongly based on the facts surrounding the Big Problem of clean water for London in the 1840s, and the cholera epidemics at the time. Matthew Kneale is steeped in the history of the time and wears his learning lightly. His solemn and slightly Pooterish hero, Joshua Jeavons, who is our narrator, makes the book amusing and a page turner. Aspects of the plot, his search for his missing wife for instance, were less interesting than his account of his search to impress his plans for sewage solutions on a reluctant world. It was a book that I was glad to read: I learnt quite a lot, and felt part of a deeply unpleasant London, its smells and sights. Not entirely convinced by the ending. Hmmm. It struck the only false note.… (mais)
Margaret09 | Apr 15, 2024 |
A group of pilgrims set out from England for Rome at the end of the 13th century. Each chapter has a different pilgrim tell their own story and recount thee current leg of the journey. They also make very pointed comments about their fellow pilgrims.

The book is wonderful to read, historically accurate, and full of a delightful cast of characters. The book is highly recommended for anyone that enjoys books about the middle ages or historical fiction in general.
M_Clark | outras 3 resenhas | Jan 10, 2024 |
In the late 13th century, a rag-tag bunch of pilgrims—each with their own goals and fears—sets out on the long journey from England to Rome. Matthew Kneale writes with verve and humour, and actually manages the feat of writing characters whose foibles and flaws come from their humanity rather than from the fact that they're stupid medieval people—sadly an approach all too rare in historical fiction. Whether Pilgrims works for you will likely depend on your sense of what's funny—if it doesn't click for you in the first few chapters, I wouldn't recommend continuing on because that's the main thing that keeps the book a somewhat propulsive read in spite of the fairly meandering plot—and your tolerance for people making poor decisions. But if you're in the mood for something gently Chaucerian, I think this might hit the spot. While I don't think any of the characters will remain with me for a long time, I did have fun while reading this.… (mais)
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siriaeve | outras 3 resenhas | Aug 25, 2023 |
Thanks to Netgalley and Atlantic Books for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

The Rome Plague Diaries is a wonderful, personal reflection on what life is like living in Rome as the city went into lockdown in March 2020. Imagine from one day to the next being restricted to just a single postcode in Testaccio, restricted both in movement, habits and contacts with those around you. The author has an impressive knowledge and experience of what life is like living in Rome and discusses the many habits, quirks, subtleties and (sometimes flawed) cliches that outsiders have of life in and the inhabitants of the Eternal City as well as a multitude of delicious-sounding Italian recipes. They seem so simple, but probably the taste is also down to the superior ingredients which the author describes with gusto. The book ends in May 2020, but we know by now that the ravages of covid were at that time by no history, so this was just a temporary reprieve.

I try to visit Rome myself at least once every year, being completely in love with the city, and prefer to stay in Trastevere so Kneale's descriptions of his surroundings and experiences. sometimes witty, sometimes serious, are recognisable and highly relatable. I especially enjoyed the author's hypothetical wandering through the city, introducing well-known, but also lesser known sights of the city, which I'm sure to include in my itinerary next time I go. I also cherished his reflection on what it means to see the United Kingdom leave the (in many senses dysfunctional, but highly diverse) European Union, having lived outside of my place of birth for many years yourself. Having missed the opportunity of going to Rome this year, reading this book, I still feel I have been able to enjoy a virtual visit through the eyes of the author. Thank you so much.
… (mais)
Herculean_Librarian | Sep 10, 2022 |



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