Love In The Plague
Two centuries, two tragedies, one fear: Plague. Lucille Metcalf is a devoted lecturer in seventeenth century history. Her husband Richard works at the cutting edge of cybernetics, and has constructed a life-like robot in the basement – Albertine. Lucille’s desire to have a child is frustrated by the amount of time Richard spends with his machine, while her life in the seventeenth century world of poverty and disease and the decadent court of King Charles grows ever more real. The two worlds collide as plague finds its modern counterpart in AIDS, and Lucille and Richard find their whole world thrown into doubt.
Author biography:Vincent Brome was educated at Streatham Grammar and Elleston Schools.
He started writing professionally aged twenty-one, and held a variety of jobs including feature writer, editor of ‘Menu Magazine’, a post at the Ministry of Information during the Second World War, and assistant editor at ‘Medical World’.
Brome wrote more than thirty books including nine biographies, eleven novels, historical studies, and a two-volume work on the ‘Problem of Progress’, as well as plays for the stage, television and radio. His novels ‘The Embassy’ and ‘The Surgeon’ were international bestsellers.
Psychology and psychoanalysis were enduring interests throughout his career. As well as his distinguished book writing career, Brome also appeared regularly on radio and was a contributor to numerous newspapers and magazines including ‘The Observer’, ‘Sunday Times’, ‘The Times’, ‘The Guardian’, ‘The Spectator’ and ‘The New Statesman’ (in the UK), along with ‘The Nation’ and ‘The New York Times’ (USA). He held the distinction of having an entire 'South Bank Show' on TV devoted to him and his writing.
He lived in central London, where he died in 2005.