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CanLit150

Celebrate more than 150 years of Canada with 150 books.

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What's Bred in the Bone by Robertson Davies

What's Bred in the Bone (1985)

(From 49th Shelf)

Called "an altogether remarkable creation, his most accomplished novel to date" (The New York Times), What's Bred in the Bone is the second book in Robertson Davies's beloved Cornish Trilogy.

Francis Cornish was always good at keeping secrets. From the well-hidden family secret of his childhood to his mysterious encounters with a small-town embalmer, a master art restorer, a Bavarian countess, and various masters of espionage, the events in Francis's life were not always what they seemed.

In this wonderfully ingenious portrait of an art expert and collector of international renown, Robertson Davies has created a spellbinding tale of artistic triumph and heroic deceit. It is a tale told in stylish, elegant prose, endowed with lavish portions of Davies's wit and wisdom.

Robertson Davies

(From Goodreads)

William Robertson Davies was a Canadian novelist, playwright, critic, journalist, and professor. He was one of Canada's best-known and most popular authors, and one of its most distinguished "men of letters", a term Davies is sometimes said to have detested. Davies was the founding Master of Massey College, a graduate college at the University of Toronto.