Playing the Jack

Playing the Jack In a runaway orphan is picked up by a group of travelling players led by the mysterious Jack With Fat Annie largest woman on earth and a troupe of dwarf acrobats Sprat soon learns the tricks o

  • Title: Playing the Jack
  • Author: Mary Brown
  • ISBN: 9781855017054
  • Page: 321
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1785 a runaway orphan is picked up by a group of travelling players led by the mysterious Jack With Fat Annie, largest woman on earth, and a troupe of dwarf acrobats, Sprat soon learns the tricks of the tradeLater, snatched from the streets of London, a new arrival at a notorious brother is taught some very different tricksBut even Sprat cannot play charades forIn 1785 a runaway orphan is picked up by a group of travelling players led by the mysterious Jack With Fat Annie, largest woman on earth, and a troupe of dwarf acrobats, Sprat soon learns the tricks of the tradeLater, snatched from the streets of London, a new arrival at a notorious brother is taught some very different tricksBut even Sprat cannot play charades for everColourful, fast moving, original and above all readable.

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    1. I love, love, LOVE this book and have read it numerous times. I recommend it to everyone I meet, and even some people I don't meet, causing many of them to consider taking out restraining orders so I will leave them alone.

    2. I'm deleting my review and pasting this perfect description from amazon reader, Lisa Jensen:Mary Brown's vivid and ripping romantic adventure has justifiably become a cult favorite among thinking women everywhere. In rural England of the early Napoleonic era, teenage runaway Zoe, disguised as a boy, is discovered in a ditch by a ragged troupe of traveling performers. Taken in and educated in stagecraft, cunning, and the school of life, eager young Zoe is spellbound by the troupe's leader—wily, [...]

    3. I found this book over a decade ago at a library sale - a paperback buried in a bin. I picked it up and started reading and literally couldn't put it down.Twelve years later it remains on my shelf and comes out every year or two to be read and enjoyed again. While I don't usually read this genre, I love the voice, the protagonist, the unique world these characters live in. And Jack! Oh, my lovely, lovely man Jack.Mary Brown - who are you? And did you ever write anything else???

    4. This is one of my all time favorite books. I love everything about it. I stumbled into it at the city library a few years ago (literally, someone had left it in the middle of the aisle) and am so glad I chose to check it out. I checked it out every year following until I was able to get my hands on an affordable paper back copy. Got to love out of print books!Playing the Jack is different from Mary Browns other works. The writing is more solid, the subject matter seems to be more thought out. An [...]

    5. A phenomenal beginning had me turning the pages quickly in disbelief at how wonderful this book is. The writing is fluid and beautiful, and on a sentence level, Mary Brown never puts a foot wrong. She specializes in unique descriptions, elegant turns of phrase, and witty dialogue. The world-building is some of the best I've seen, and her research is immaculate. But in the middle of the book, the plot takes the heroine away from the traveling circus and into a sordid subplot involving a London ch [...]

    6. Mary Brown's vivid and ripping romantic adventure has justifiably become a cult favorite among thinking women everywhere. In rural England of the early Napoleonic era, teenage runaway Zoe, disguised as a boy, is discovered in a ditch by a ragged troupe of traveling performers. Taken in and educated in stagecraft, cunning, and the school of life, eager young Zoe is spellbound by the troupe's leader—wily, enigmatic, flamboyant Jack, a complex, and conflicted man at war with himself who harbors a [...]

    7. My favorite book, ever, and one I return to every few years to re-read. My personal copy was a library edition shipped abroad from London almost 15 years ago. I'm glad to see this book is more widely available. I don't want to give much of the plot away, as I came to this narrative intentionally blind (I'm a big fan of the author), but I will say this: if you are up for a whirlwind adventure with sweeping romance and a protagonist you can root for who grows across the pages, this is the book for [...]

    8. This is one of those books I just keep going back to. In fact, it's about time I did it again - might buy my own copy instead of borrowing my mother's!There's something I just love about travelling players and heroines who start off as heroes (my favourite Georgette Heyer had the same theme, maybe I read it at an impressionable age!) and this one has magic and a dashing but flawed hero. Good stuff, big but not demanding!

    9. For years this was my favourite book of all time. Although I've matured more as a reader and other books have taken its place, this book --Jack and Sprat's story-- has always maintained a very special place in my heart. I make sure to read this every one or two years. Absolutely love it!

    10. Very good. Set in late 18th century England. Great story, plenty of twists. Kind of like the Quincunx in that lots of the awful things of that period of time happened to the protagonist, but at least it had a happy ending and made the reader seem smart, as we figured out what was going on much sooner than the protagonist, for the most part. Highly recommended read, but better if read in a short time frame. I had to start over after months had passed, as I needed some of the pieces that I’d los [...]

    11. Sorry, I did not like this one. I couldn't even finish it. When I could continually guess what was going to happen next, I couldn't read any farther. The main character frustrated me to no end. Can anyone be that dumb? Yes, I guess so, since we consider Wrestlemania and the Kardashians entertainment. The only reason this didn't get a one was that the narrator was coherent.

    12. I really wanted to love this book, and at the beginning,I did! However, I honestly feel this book just needed some more old fashioned editing. The 200 pages after Sprat leaves the road could have been cut with no real change to the story. It was an enjoyable read, but I don't think I'll be rushing to reread this one.

    13. Good book - good storyline.Back Cover Blurb:A novel about a young runaway travelling around England in various disguises. She turns her hand to a number of trades to survive. It is a tale of a band of travellers, a story of a brothel and many more adventures.

    14. SO BORING. I couldn't get past the circus beginning. I did not see even the slightest hint of all the amazingness that reviewers were gushing about. So disappointing.

    15. Loved this book, just my kind of story. A rip-roaring tale with enough twists and turns to keep you eagerly entranced until the very last page.

    16. I first read this book when I was in 8th grade, have re-read it periodically and it's probably time for another read. No great literature here, but a good story.

    17. DNFI found this book to be horrifically boring and dated. On top of that, the writing style didn't appeal to me. Characterization is poor, and the plot is predictable in the extreme. Maybe if I'd read it 20 years ago it would have seemed more interesting.

    18. I read this on holiday years ago and and really enjoyed it. I reread it a couple of years later and didn't like it half as much, but it's not bad if you enjoy historical novels.

    19. I discovered this book in the library when I was very young and I must have taken it out a dozen times. Over the years I forgot the title and the author, but parts of the story always stayed with me and I finally tried to look it up again. I got excited when I finally found it and paid a disgusting, foolish amount to get my hands on a tattered, musty-smelling library copy, but re-reading it made me happy so life is good.The story is divided into 4 parts and it's the first half (1 & 2: Sprat [...]

    20. I first read this book in 1985, got it out of the library in Moundsville WV. I loved the book and have thought about it many times over the years but never found another copy to borrow once we moved from that area. It never occurred to me until last week to search for the book on but lo and behold, I was able to get a copy for one cent plus $4 shipping. I was happy to pay it! (It is a discarded library book from Little Valley NY.)I am currently rereading the book and I like it just as much now [...]

    21. Great story, very well told, and I enjoyed every minute of it, staying up late for three nights because it was so engrossing. Ms Brown described the air, the terrain, and the particularities of 1785 - 1790 England so that I could see and feel myself in the scenes with Sprat and Jack.I was never at a loss for who was doing what, and where, as I was in the book I had just read, Plaint for Provence, by Jean Gill, which I could hardly force myself to finish. Ms Brown constructs, with terrific charac [...]

    22. I'm not gonna lie, I love Mary Brown. It's so predictable and has some annoying gender-essentialism, so I can't give it five stars, but damn I love Mary Brown. No fantasy in this one (well, aside from the plot), but otherwise this feels very much like "Pigs Don't Fly" and "The Unlikely Ones." Plus it's a hefty 600 pages, so it's a long read.

    23. The first romance book i ever read, over 25 years ago! I found it for $2.30 at a second hand book store. It was the best $2.30 i ever spent!

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