Featured on The TV Book Club on More4 on 24 Jul 2011.
If you enjoyed the disturbing pleasure the book ‘Perfume’ gave you as you followed Jean-Baptiste Grenouille's pursuit of the perfect scent then this might be the book for you. Strange devious and insanely jealous Minguillo will do everything he can to defend his inheritance from his angelic younger sister.
The Book of Human Skin is a large volume with many pages of villainy writ upon it. There are people who are a disease, you know. 13 May, 1784, Venice: Minguillo Fasan, heir to the decaying, gothic Palazzo Espagnol, is born. Yet Minguillo is no ordinary child: he is strange, devious and all those who come near him are fearful. Twelve years later Minguillo is faced with an unexpected threat to his inheritance: a newborn sister, Marcella. His untempered jealousy will condemn his sister to a series of fates as a cripple, a madwoman and a nun. But in his insatiable quest to destroy her, he may have underestimated his sister's ferocious determination, and her unlikely allies who will go to extraordinary lengths to save her...
'This book is fabulous - funny, horrific, subversive - in short a wholly addictive read. I don't think I have enjoyed anything as much since Perfume'
'If it doesn't scoop all the prizes, we live in an unjust world. It's an absolute corker ... It's years since I enjoyed a novel this much - or felt such strong envy of an author for having the breadth and richness of imagination to create such a world' A.N. Wilson '
This is, essentially, a love story told by a delightfully riotous collection of characters and voices ... Fantastically gripping
'A witty, exciting, over-the-top page-turner which becomes increasingly addictive... Quite unlike anything else around - and all the better for that'
Publication date: 20/06/2011
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
|Publication date:||20th June 2011|
|Publisher:||Bloomsbury Publishing PLC|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Horror,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
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 ...More About Michelle Lovric