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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Barbara Vine's new novel is about blood - blood in its metaphysical sense as
the conductor of an inherited title and blood in its physical sense as the
transmitter of disease. The current Lord Nanther, experiencing the reform of
the House of Lords, embarks on a biography of his great-grandfather, the first
Lord Nanther, favoured physician to Queen Victoria, expert on blood diseases
and particularly the royal disease of haemophilia. What he uncovers begins to
horrify him as he realizes that Nanther died a guilty man - carrying a horrific
secret to the grave. The Blood Doctor weaves effortlessly between past and
present, public life and private life. The result is a superbly satisfying
novel about ambition, obsession and bad blood.