Book Launch: The Claimant
It's 1866 and out of the dusty frontier town of Wagga Wagga arises a cause célèbre which sets Victorian England alight – the likes of which have never been seen before or since. Tom Castro – known by his enemies as Arthur Orton - an obese, toothless butcher who lives in a slab-hut with his illiterate wife and children claims to be the missing English nobleman, Sir Roger Tichborne, the rightful Baronet of Tichborne Park, Hampshire, and head one of England's oldest noble Catholic families. It seemed too ridiculous to be true – yet dozens of people who knew Roger, including Tichborne's mother, accepted Castro's declaration.
So sets in train a delicious journey that takes our unlikely nobleman on a rollercoaster ride of fame, glory, prison and penury, unleashes the Tichborne Curse, disturbs Queen Victoria, delights Mark Twain, immortalises our Claimant in wax at Madame Tussauds, and strikes at the very heart of the English class system.
And at the end of a tumultuous life, a strange posthumous victory left some still asking the question that had consumed a generation: Was he baronet, or butcher?
The Claimant is a rollicking tale of bravado and courage that will have you entertained for hours.
Book Launch with Paul Terry
Museum of the Riverina are proud to host the Wagga launch of the Claimant in our Tichborne Gallery, which houses hundreds of rare Tichborne/Castro objects.
When: 6pm Wednesday 14th September
Where: Museum of the Riverina's Botanic Gardens site, Lord Baden Powell Drive
RSVP is essential, using the form below.