Publication Date: 04/10/2018 ISBN: 9781910709399 Category:

Little

Edward Carey, Edward Carey

Publisher: Gallic Books
Publication Date: 04/10/2018 ISBN: 9781910709399 Category:
Hardback

£14.99

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Description

The wry, macabre, unforgettable tale of an ambitious orphan in Revolutionary Paris, befriended by royalty and radicals alike, who transforms herself into the legendary Madame Tussaud.

In 1761, a tiny, odd-looking girl named Marie is born in a village in Alsace. After the death of her parents, she is apprenticed to an eccentric wax sculptor and whisked off to the seamy streets of Paris, where they meet a domineering widow and her quiet, pale son. Together, they convert an abandoned monkey house into an exhibition hall for wax heads, and the spectacle becomes a sensation. As word of her artistic talent spreads, Marie is called to Versailles, where she tutors a princess and saves Marie Antoinette in childbirth. But outside the palace walls, Paris is roiling: The revolutionary mob is demanding heads, and . . . at the wax museum, heads are what they do.

Publisher Review

'A story wondrous fine, full of terrors and marvels.'--Kirkus, Starred Review 'Iremonger torques and tempers our memories of Dickensian London into a singularly jaunty and creepy tale of agreeable misfits. Read it by gas lamp, with a glass of absinthe at your wrist and a fireplace poker by your knee.'--Gregory Maguire, author of WICKED 'Conveyed with so much sympathy and acute observation that it is hard not to be beguiled'--The Times

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