• The Butterfly Man

  • By: Heather Rose
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-01-2007
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.8 (5 ratings)

Editorial Reviews

Humphrey Bower delivers a poignant performance of Heather Rose’s riveting crime novel The Butterfly Man, which is inspired by a true story. On November 7, 1974, Sandra Rivett, a nanny employed by Lord Lucan, was murdered in London. The police believed Lucan mistook her for his wife, killed the young woman in cold blood, and then vanished. Novelist Rose creates an intriguing scenario: On a mountain in Tasmania lives a man who claims his name is Henry Kennedy. Is he Lord Lucan? Just what happened the night of November 7th?
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Publisher's Summary

If Lord Lucan escaped his past, what was his future? On November 7, 1974, a young English nanny named Sandra Rivett was murdered in London's West End. Her employer, Lord Lucan, was named as her attacker. It was widely assumed he had mistaken her for his wife. Lord Lucan disappeared the night Sandra
Rivett died and has not been seen since.
Henry Kennedy lives on a mountain on the other side of the world. He is not who he says he is. Is he a murderer, or a man who can never clear his name? And is he the only one with something to hide?
Set in Tasmania, Africa and London's Belgravia, The Butterfly Man is an absorbing novel about transformation and deception.
©2005 Heather Rose (P)2006 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"An intriguing take on the Lord Lucan mystery and the theme of deception." (Australian Women's Weekly)
"Rose's lyrical melding...is masterful. Intriguing as the real-life events of the Lucan story are, Rose transforms it into something far more substantial." (The Australian)
"The success of this exquisitely crafted novel is that it is difficult to remind oneself that it is a work of imagination." (The Sunday Tasmanian)
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5 out of 5 stars
By SuperLuckyCat on 03-12-2009

Loved everything about this story

I absolutely loved this story. I loved the writing, how it was so melodic. It makes you completely absorbed with what happens to Henry. I could listen to this book once a month. It's deep, it's stimulating, whole paragraphs are put together so well, they just roll off the tongue. Humphrey Bowers does each accent perfectly. I love his Scottish brouge. I would love to see more from this author. I highly recommend this listen.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By fromm-mom on 30-11-2007


Just about anything Humphrey Bower reads is worth listening to. Coupled with the authors that he chooses to read for, one has a perfect match.
This particular story is both heart-warming and heart-wrenching. Although I knew all about the Cray Brothers, I was not familiar with the other historical facts in this novel. I enjoyed that fact that it leaves you guessing (especially if you listen to the credits at the end!)
If you enjoy this, you will also like Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

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