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Elijah's Mermaid by Essie Fox
  

Elijah's Mermaid

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November 2012 eBook of the Month.

A panoply of characters bring Victorian London’s polarised society vividly to life. The lives of two orphans brought up by their grandfather and a baby found in the Thames become dangerously bound together. This is the gloriously gothic follow up to The Somnambulist.

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If you like Essie Fox you might also like to read books by Susanna Clarke, Tracy Chevalier and Sarah Waters.

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Synopsis

Elijah's Mermaid by Essie Fox

Since she was found as a baby, floating in the Thames one foggy night, the web-toed Pearl has been brought up in a brothel known as the House of Mermaids. Cosseted and pampered there, it is only when her fourteenth birthday approaches that Pearl realises she is to be sold to the highest bidder. Meanwhile, the orphaned twins, Lily and Elijah, have shared an idyllic childhood, raised in a secluded country house with their grandfather, Augustus Lamb. But when Lily and Elijah go on a visit London, a chance meeting with the ethereal Pearl will have repercussions for all of them, binding their fates together in a dark and dangerous way...In this bewitching, sensual novel, Essie Fox has written another tale of obsessive love and betrayal, moving from the respectable worlds of Victorian art and literature, and into the shadowy demi-monde of brothels, asylums and freak show tents - a world in which nothing and no-one is quite what they seem to be.

Reviews

The author behind the Virtual Victorian blog has followed up her Channel 4 Book Club choice THE SOMNAMBULIST with this Wilkie Collins-style sensation novel... An obvious comparison is with early Sarah Waters...The glee with which Fox approaches her material is infectious. All Victorian life is here ...Intriguing. -- John O'Connell GUARDIAN 20121011 Fox's story of obsessive love is memorable and unusual. SUNDAY TIMES Fox's vivid, sensual prose is - fittingly - as seductive as a siren's song, drawing you into a shadowy Victorian world of obsession and guilt... An intoxicating follow-up to 2011's acclaimed The Somnambulist. Recommended to fans of Sarah Waters. HEAT 20121117 A fabulous foray into a shadowy Victorian world -- Fanny Blake WOMAN & HOME 20121101 An absorbing novel that twists and turns through a labyrinthine plot to reach a satisfying conclusion. BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE 20121101 If you like imaginative, romantic stories then this book is definitely the one for you! A beautiful gothic novel we loved and know you will too. ESSENTIALS 20121203 Dark Secrets, hidden pasts and childhood mysteries are the focus of the sensual melodrama...an entertaining slice of Victoriana, rich in historical detail... Marie Claire a highly enjoyable and evidently well-researched page-turner, packed with dramatic twists and turns, colourful locations and well-realised characters Metro The author captures the essence of Victorian life in this richly textured novel...If you love all things Victorian, you will love this Historical Novel Society Fox's well-researched novel is a gripping insight into the Victorian discrepancy between the respectability and morality. NORWICH EVENING NEWS


About the Author

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 www.virtualvictorian.blogspot.com 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.

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Publication date

8th November 2012

Author

Essie Fox

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Publisher

Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
416 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Historical Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781409123354

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