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Michelle Lovric - Author

About the Author

Michelle Lovric is the author of three novels - Carnevale, The Floating Book (winner of a London Arts Award and chosen as a WH Smith Read of the Week) and The Remedy (longlisted for the 2005 Orange Prize for Fiction) - as well as two children's novels, The Undrowned Child and The Mourning Emporium. She combines her fiction work with editing, designing and producing literary anthologies including her own translations of Latin and Italian poetry. Her book Love Letters was a New York Times bestseller. Lovric divides her time between London and Venice, and holds workshops in both places with published writers of poetry and prose, fiction and memoir.

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The True and Splendid History of the Harristown Sisters

The True and Splendid History of the Harristown Sisters

Author: Michelle Lovric Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/06/2015

It is the age of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, when Europe burns with a passion for long, flowing locks. And when seven Irish sisters, penniless and fatherless, grow up with hair cascading down their backs, to their ankles, and beyond, men are not slow to recognise their potential. It begins with a singing and dancing septet, but this is not what fills the seats: it is the torrents of hair they let loose at the end of each show. Their hair is a rich offering and will take the sisters out of poverty, through the dance halls of Ireland, to the salons of Dublin and the palazzi of Venice. It will bring them suitors and obsessive admirers, it will bring some of them love, and each of them loss. For their past trails behind the sisters like the tresses on their heads and their fame and fortune will come at a terrible price...

Carnevale

Carnevale

Author: Michelle Lovric Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/06/2015

When I think of Venice as she was in 1782, I think of a hundred thousand souls all devoted to pleasure. Souls like that become insubstantial and faintly luminous. You see, we were in the phosphorescent stage of decay... Richly imagined and as irresistible as its magical setting, Carnevale evokes the three great loves of the painter Cecilia Cornaro: Casanova, Byron and La Serenissima herself.

The Floating Book

The Floating Book

Author: Michelle Lovric Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/06/2015

Venice, 1468. Sosia Simeon, a free-spirited sensualist, is the lover of many men in the fabled city, though married to one she despises. On the edge of the Grand Canal, Wendelin von Speyer sets up the first printing press in Venice and looks for the book that will make his fortune. When he tempts fate by publishing Catullus, the poet whose desperate and unrequited love inspired the most tender and erotic poems of antiquity, a scandal is set in motion that will change all their lives forever.

The Remedy

The Remedy

Author: Michelle Lovric Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/06/2015

'So at fifteen, spread belly-down upon the floor, a black sheet hunched over me and a candle at my foot and head, my lips pressed on stone, litanies in my ears as the priest broke and entered my shocked fist to slide the ring on my finger, I promised to take no other husband than Christ. I almost meant it. In that heady moment the vow seemed no great sacrifice: I'd never known a man, but I had tasted chocolate.' One unforgettable night in 1785, in a theatre in Drury Lane, the heady alchemy of love and murder suddenly fuses the lives of Mimosina Dolcezza, a Venetian actress, and Valentine Greatrakes, prince of London's medical underworld. The Remedy is a ravishing love story that seamlessly weaves fiction with historical fact in rich and details prose.

The Fate in the Box

The Fate in the Box

Author: Michelle Lovric Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2014

Fogfinger rules Venice. His Fog Squad and spies are everywhere. The Venetians fear him and obey him. Every year one of their children is lost in a grisly Lambing ceremony. The child must climb the bell tower and let the Fate in the Box decide their destiny. Most end their days in the jaws of the primeval Crocodile that lurks in the lagoon. Or so Fogfinger tells them. But a chance meeting by a green apricot tree between Amneris and Tockle may be the beginning of the end for Fogfinger. Silk and sewing, a magical glass kaleidoscope, mermaids and misunderstood Sea-Saurs, talking statues and winged cats, blue glass sea-horses, a spoiled rich girl and a secret society are just some of the ingredients in Michelle Lovric's exquisitely imagined and superbly plotted fourth fantasy set in Venice.

The Undrowned Child

The Undrowned Child

Author: Michelle Lovric Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2010

It's the beginning of the 20th century; the age of scientific progress. But for Venice the future looks bleak. A conference of scientists assembles to address the problems, among whose delegates are the parents of twelve-year-old Teodora. Within days of her arrival, she is subsumed into the secret life of Venice: a world in which salty-tongued mermaids run subversive printing presses, ghosts good and bad patrol the streets and librarians turn fluidly into cats. A battle against forces determined to destroy the city once and for all quickly ensues. Only Teo, the undrowned child who survived a tragic accident as a baby, can go 'between the linings' to subvert evil and restore order.

Cowgirls, Cockroaches and Celebrity Lingerie The World's Most Unusual Museums

Cowgirls, Cockroaches and Celebrity Lingerie The World's Most Unusual Museums

Author: Michelle Lovric Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2007

This is an eye-popping tour of some of the most eccentric, bizarre and downright absurd collections of artefacts ever put on show. Strange things, human beings. They get passionate about strange things, too. All over the world and throughout the ages people have accumulated the extraordinary objects of their affection. Some of these collections are now museums...Michelle Lovric presents an armchair pilgrimage to some of the world's oddest and most interesting. They include museums of asparagus, lawnmowers, ships in bottles, the pets of American presidents, menstruation, worry beads and burnt food. There's the vast Spam museum in Minnesota, the tiny Carrot Museum in Belgium, Iceland's elegant and studious Phallological Museum, the hi-tech Parasite Museum in Japan, the chilling Museum of Madness in Venice, or London's atmospheric Old Operating Theatre. Each page describes in colourful detail a different eccentric or remarkable museum. Curators explain the reasons behind their collections. Other museums let their exhibits speak for themselves - conclusive proof that one man's rubbish is another man's relic. Troubled by how conformist, boring and homogenous the world sometimes seems? Cowgirls, Cockroaches and Celebrity Lingerie is the ideal tonic - a darkly hilarious celebration of the infinite variety of human weirdness.

Women's Wicked Wisdom

Women's Wicked Wisdom

Author: Michelle Lovric Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/06/2006

Cats and Their Slaves An Anthology of Worship

Cats and Their Slaves An Anthology of Worship

Author: Michelle Lovric Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2006

The Virago Book Of Christmas

The Virago Book Of Christmas

Author: Michelle Lovric Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2005

Christmas began with a good but harassed woman giving birth in difficult domestic circumstances. Somewhere between then and now the circumstances have changed, but for women today Christmas is still a time of joys garnered against the odds. We have moved on from stables and mangers to supermarkets and microwaves, and palm fronds, shepherds and lambs have given way to a fat red-suited man, a spangled conifer and well-stuffed stockings. In this anthology reflecting the experiences of more than fifty women at Christmas, Jenny Eclair rubs shoulders with Agatha Christie, Laurie Graham, Nancy Mitford, Sue Townsend, Stella Gibbons, Mrs Beeton, Clare Boylan and many others. Curl up with a tantalizing volume that gives full reign to the seditious humour, peculiar discomforts and exquisite social tortures of the season.

How to Write Love Letters

How to Write Love Letters

Author: Michelle Lovric Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2004

Women's Wicked Wit From Jane Austen to Rosanne Barr

Women's Wicked Wit From Jane Austen to Rosanne Barr

Author: Michelle Lovric Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/04/2002

How To Insult, Abuse & Insinuate In Classical Latin

How To Insult, Abuse & Insinuate In Classical Latin

Author: Michelle Lovric, Nikiforos Doxiadis Mardas Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/05/1998

Why confine yourself to boring monosyllabic Anglo-Saxon taunts and insults when you can defame, demean, degrade, demolish and damn in the deft language of Cicerco, Martial, Ovid, Cattullus, Horace and others? Now you can impress your friends and devestate your enemies with the filth and wit of your newly-excavated repetoire of classical invective. Usefully arranged in sections for the sexless, gormless, worthless and unscrupulous (etc etc), with special sections on regional taunts and useful threats, the book contains illustrations from classical sources and is immaculately researched by a young Cambridge classics scholar and an expert in the ancient languages of desire and desperation.

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