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The Eighth Circle of Hell
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The Eighth Circle of Hell

By Gary Dolman
Published by Thames River Press
ISBN 9780857289230
Category Historical
Summer 2013


The Eighth Circle of Hell' explores one girl's experiences during the Victorian 'Defloration Mania' through the mind of her older self, when advancing dementia leaves her with memories only of exploitation and hypocrisy, of enduring friendship and a burning desire for the final release of death.

Author's Biography

Gary Dolman is fascinated by the human mind and how it contends with adversity in all its forms. He is also passionate about the history “real and mythical“ of the north of England.



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Reader Comments

A fantasticly moving portrayal of terrible acts. This is a book which has never left my thoughts since reading it almost a year ago.
The title of Gary's book, The Eighth Circle of Hell, definitely describes what this story entails. A very difficult subject to read but the author portrays how and why this type of abuse happens. Heartbreaking non-stop read.
Go for it!
Best of luck.
it is a very good read
All the best, Gary!
This is very powerful writing. Although the subject matter isn't comfortable to read, Gary draws you in so that you are attracted at the same time as being repulsed. I love the split time frame which racks up the tension - what will happen when they reach Elizabeth's former home.
A painful subject matter too often glamorised, Gary Dolman’s novel strips this away to reveal the truth in all its darkness. Intelligent, sensitive writing, Dolman draws his characters beautifully - a deeply moving, often disturbing story expertly told!
Amazing book. Dark, but incredibly well researched
This book was heart wrenching and compelling! It was an emotional and captivating story to which I found myself caught in the tidal waves! I loved this book it is a well written story about a dark and disturbing time!
Well done ! Great news :)
A thoroughly riveting read.
This was a fantastic, memorable read, very dark, but wonderfully written. Absolutely the best book I have read this year.
Compelling read
A beautifully written book with a story woven in historical fact. Atticus Fox is the detective who tries to solve the mystery of Elizabeth Wilson, a woman who was horribly sexually abused as a young girl in Victorian England. The characters are engaging and the story is heart-rending with a satisfying conclusion. Gary Dolman has dealt with this harrowing subject in a sensitive but compelling manner.
Brilliant and dark. A deserving winner.
loved it!
A difficult topic, written well in a sensitive manner. Applause to Gary Dolman! - Annie Acorn