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The Crimson Petal and the White

by Michel Faber

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LoveReading View on The Crimson Petal and the White

The four-part TV Drama adaptation of this raunchy and sexy novel set in Victorian England was broadcast on BBC2 in April and received a great response from viewers. Why not read the book too!


About the book:

This is an unputdownable book of lust, revenge, love and desire with a host of unforgettable characters, set in Victorian England, so give in to the most unbelievably pleasurable of narrative rides.


About the film:

"If you dare enter this world," declares Sugar, the heroine of Michel Faber's The Crimson Petal And The White, "you had better tread carefully." Romola Garai, Chris O'Dowd, Gillian Anderson, Richard E Grant, Shirley Henderson, Amanda Hale and Mark Gatiss star in this four-part tale of love, lust, desire and revenge, adapted from Faber's international best-selling novel.

Revealing the true underbelly of Victorian life in a way never before seen on screen, The Crimson Petal And The White is a bold and original new serial, adapted by acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Lucinda Coxon and directed by Marc Munden.

Evocative and sexually charged, this provocative and riveting emotional tale takes viewers into a hidden world seething with vitality, sexuality, ambition and emotion in which a young prostitute and a prominent businessman embark on a dangerous relationship with epic consequences.

The Crimson Petal and the White Synopsis

Step into Victorian London and meet our heroine, Sugar - a young woman trying to drag herself up from the gutter any way she can - and the host of unforgettable characters that make up her world.

The Crimson Petal and the White Press Reviews

'From Pointillism to broad brushstroke bravura, the prose seems to be on some benign, timed-release speed: its pace in unflagging, its onward rush irresistible... Faber's take on the 19th Century English novel is a heady and intoxicating mixture of affection, respect and scabrous resistance'
The Times

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ISBN: 9780857860019
Publication date: 24/03/2011
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780857860019
Publication date: 24th March 2011
Author: Michel Faber
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Genres: eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction,

About Michel Faber

Michel Faber has written seven other books, including the highly acclaimed The Crimson Petal and the White, The Fahrenheit Twins and the Whitbread-shortlisted novel Under the Skin. The Apple, based on characters in The Crimson Petal and the White, was published in 2006. He has also written two novellas, The Hundred and Ninety-Nine Steps (2001) and The Courage Consort (2002), and has won several short-story awards, including the Neil Gunn, Ian St James and Macallan. Born in Holland, brought up in Australia, he now lives in the Scottish Highlands.   Author photo © Eva Faber

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