The Gates of Paradise by Beryl Kingston
'My dearest Annie, I do believe I've stumbled upon a mystery concerning our William Blake...' Famous poet, engraver and illustrator, William Blake lived for three years in rural Felpham, Sussex, before he was dramatically tried for sedition in 1803, after which he returned to London, where he died in 1827. Fifty years on from Blake's residency in Felpham, biographer Alexander Gilchrist arrives in the village to research the poet's life. But why are the locals at The Fox Inn so hostile to his questions about Blake's court trial? Beryl Kingston's touching story of Alexander's search for the truth, and Blake's life in Sussex evokes the beauty of South East England and illuminates the life of a well-loved poet.