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Clever advertising and marketing turns Tono-Bungay from an ineffective tonic into a miraculous one with powerful placebo effects and even greater profits. H.G. Wells exposes medical charlatans for what they are in Tono-Bungay. A story of relevance when it was first published in 1909 and very much still relevant today.
The novel opens with Guy Mannering casting the horoscope for the newborn heir to the Laird of Ellengowan. Unfortunately Guy's predictions were correct, and Henry Bertram is kidnapped at age five and eventually adopted by a Dutch merchant. Amidst the chaos of the time Harry must find his rightful place or lose his inheritance forever. The novel is also notable for its vividly portrayed minor characters, including Meg Merrilies who was based on the real life 'queen of the gypsies'.
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