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The Last Days of Leda Grey

by Essie Fox

Historical Fiction Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

The Last Days of Leda Grey Synopsis

During the oppressive heat wave of 1976 a young journalist, Ed Peters, finds an Edwardian photograph in a junk shop in the seaside town of Brightland. It shows an alluring, dark-haired girl, an actress whose name was Leda Grey. Enchanted by the image, Ed learns Leda Grey is still living - now a recluse in a decaying cliff-top house she once shared with a man named Charles Beauvois, a director of early silent film. As Beauvois's muse and lover, Leda often starred in scenes where stage magic and trick photography were used to astonishing effect. But, while playing a cursed Egyptian queen, the fantasies captured on celluloid were echoed in reality, leaving Leda abandoned and alone for more than half a century - until the secrets of her past result in a shocking climax, more haunting than any to be in found in the silent films of Charles Beauvois.

The Last Days of Leda Grey Press Reviews

'Dark, haunting, compelling... equal to DuMaurier's novels - this book held me in its grip. Loved it.' Liz Fenwick, author of The Cornish House

'Macabre, transporting, thick with atmosphere and allusion' Morgan McCarthy, author of The Other Half Of Me

'Darkly sparkling. Very much enjoyed my days in Leda's twilight world. Doubt I'll sleep all that well tonight...' Anna Mazzola, author of THE UNSEEING

'A wonderfully creepy tale. Leda is a triumph' Vanessa Lafaye, author of Summertime

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ISBN: 9781409146254
Publication date: 03/11/2016
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781409146254
Publication date: 3rd November 2016
Author: Essie Fox
Format: Paperback
Genres: Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction,

About Essie Fox

Before taking up writing Essie Fox worked as an illustrator – designing greetings cards and wrap, and decorative ceramics. She is the creator of The Virtual Victorian a wonderful guide through the Victorian world. Her debut novel The Somnambulist was selected as a Channel 4 Book Club choice in January 2012 and was shortlisted in the New Writer of the Year category of the 2012 NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS. Essie Fox divides her time between Windsor and Bow in the East End of London.   Click here to read a Q&A with Essie Fox about Elijah's Mermaid.   ...

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