John Fowles is one of my favourite authors and this was his sixth major novel, published in 1985. The title, as explained in the book's prologue, is taken from the archaic sense of the word maggot that means "whim", "quirk" or "obsession". Another meaning of the word "maggot" becomes apparent later in the novel, used by a character to describe a white, oblong machine that appears to be a spacecraft. It is in no way a historical novel, but it does take place during a precise historical timeframe, May 1736 to February 1737, in England.
One of the things I like about the book is the narrative style - a mixture of interviews, letters and snippets of real historical documents - and some standard narrative thrown in. Like in "The French Lieutenant's Woman" Fowles steps in and out of the novel, commenting on the characters and their actions as a historian/the novelist.
Weirdness rating: High