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The Anatomist's Dream by Clio Gray
  

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Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016.

Philbert is born with a 'taupe', a disfiguring inflammation of the skull. Abandoned and with only a pet pig for company, he eventually finds refuge in a traveling carnival before embarking on an altogether darker and more perilous journey.

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Synopsis

The Anatomist's Dream by Clio Gray

Chop off my head and hawk it to the highest bidder. I'm the Anatomist's Dream, did you know? That's what they call me. In a small salt-mining town, Philbert is born with a 'taupe', a disfiguring inflammation of the skull. Abandoned by his parents and with only a pet pig for company, he eventually finds refuge in a traveling carnival, Maulwerf's Fair of Wonders, as it makes its annual migration across Germany bringing entertainment to a people beset by famine, repression and revolutionary ferment. Philbert finds a caring family in Herman the Fish Man, Lita the Dancing Dwarf, Frau Fettleheim the Fattest Woman in the World, and an assortment of 'freak show' artists, magicians and entertainers. But when Philbert meets Kwert Tospirologist and Teller of Signs he is persuaded to undergo examination by the renowned physician and craniometrist Dr Ullendorf, both Kwert and Philbert embark on an altogether darker and more perilous journey that will have far-reaching consequences for a whole nation.

About the Author

Clio Gray was born in Saltburn-by-the-Sea in Yorkshire but has spent the last twenty years in Ross-shire in the Scottish Highlands where she works as a librarian in the small market town of Tain. In 2004 she won the Harry Bowling First Novel Award and this led to the successful Stroop series of crime novels set in the Napoleonic Wars and published by Headline. She also won the Scotsman / Orange Award in 2006 for her short story I Should Have Listened Harder and has maintained a keen interest in short stories ever since.

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Book Info

Publication date

30th July 2015

Author

Clio Gray

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Publisher

Myrmidon Books Ltd

Format

Hardback

Categories

Literary Fiction
Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9781910183205

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