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Circus of Wonders

Release date: May 13, 2021
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A glittering follow-up to The Doll Factory . . . a mark of Macneal's subtlety and originalityEliz... Read More

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A glittering follow-up to The Doll Factory . . . a mark of Macneal's subtlety and originalityElizabeth Macneal’s marvellous debut, The Doll Factory, was a bestselling success. This second book, beautifully written and filled with character and life, cements her reputation as a new talentElizabeth Macneal has done it again . . . Entrancing, tender, captivating. A marvel. I couldn’t put it down.Wonderful . . . Glitters and gleams with the grimy stories of a travelling circus . . . Utterly beguilingAn absolute triumph. Exquisitely written, intensely satisfyingSpectacular . . . A brilliantly involving story, vivid with the sights and sounds of Victorian England. A fantastic readDark but tender, evocative and compelling. I loved itAn equally satisfying exploration of some of the odder corners of Victorian life . . . a novel that again highlights Macneal’s rich imagination and vivid proseA fantastical, absolutely immersive gem of a readMacneal’s complex characters allow her to question how society treats difference, the price of power and vanity, and the pursuit of self-determination. At turns dark, joyous, frightening and heartbreaking, Circus Of Wonders makes for an absorbing readA tremendous read. Richly imagined, vividly rendered, each scene is like an old painting in which light gleams off the detail . . . The story is full-bodied and addictive from the outset, told with pace and verve but never compromising style . . . Circus of Wonders displays in abundance everything readers loved about The Doll Factory . . . an ambitious, enlightening novelDeliciously vivid . . . every bit as atmospheric as you’d expect . . . A hopeful story of a girl taking charge of her destinySet in the same Victorian London as her stunning debut, The Doll Factory, Macneal's second novel is both thrilling and humane, bringing to life the brutal world of the freak showYou can’t help but be drawn into the exciting and sometimes macabre world of the circus, with its colourful cast of charactersAnother seductive slice of Victorian noirCircus of Wonders is confident and beautifully writtenA glittering, begrimed tale of love and self-determination flush with richly detailed prose. Sumptuous, macabre, enthralling; a perfect slice of Victoriana.Elizabeth Macneal's novel is spectacular - a book of wonders!A beautifully told and immersive look at a complex dance between exploitation and empowerment, and the question of what it really means to have control over your own life. I adored its characters, I was utterly gripped throughout, and I loved having my eyes opened to the troubling yet fascinating world of Victorian circusesCircus of Wonders is a soaring, tumbling, whip-cracking book. Elizabeth Macneal has brought an extraordinary group of characters together in these pages; the result is a glittering world, a story as moving as it is deeply entertainingExpansive and tender . . . it really pulls you into this fascinating world.I loved The Doll Factory and I loved Circus Of Wonders just as much . . .An intriguing and beautifully written love story as well as an exploration of the journey from rejection to adoration . . . Elizabeth Macneal explores the nature of exploitation, pride and vanity through her vibrant and believable charactersAt turns dark, joyous, frightening and heartbreaking, Circus of Wonders is an absorbing readA glittering, soaring, magical exploration of showmanship, voyeurism and storytelling, Circus of Wonders is also a wonderful, sumptuously-written love story. Visceral & cerebral. I loved it.Engaging and enjoyableI loved it. Circus of Wonders is a terrific successor to The Doll Factory. I adored the vibrant cast of characters - they are tenderly drawn yet dazzle off the pageI was dazzled by it from beginning to end. What a fabulous, riveting, engrossing story! There's such a creepy undercurrent of dread and violence running just beneath the surface of everything she writes, yet there's humanity and kindness, a palpable love for Nell and the other circus performers that makes all the characters come to lifeAn enjoyable and engrossing novel, which captivates from beginning to endThe gritty glamour of the circus and the horrors of war. Macneal’s characters are finely drawn, their entwined stories playing out against the backdrop of the big topWonderfulThe author of The Doll Factory returns with more high Gothic VictorianaDeliciously vivid . . . every bit as atmospheric as you'd expectThe kaleidoscopic world of the Victorian circus, at once enchanting and grotesque, is vividly brought to life . . . a gripping taleFantasticPacked with atmosphereWonderfulI loved this story for its plot, its characters and its beautiful writing. The author engages all our senses to explore illusion versus reality, keeps us on a tightrope of emotions and presents us with a truly dazzling showA gripping exploration of fame, love, hope, friendship and whether we can ever own our own stories[Macneal's] great strength is in imagining vivid inner lives and narratives for people usually sidelined, who in the historical great-man theory merely provide delicacies and amusements for the richThe spellbinding novel from Elizabeth Macneal, author of the Sunday Times bestselling The Doll Factory.

The Sunday Times bestseller from the bestselling author of The Doll Factory, Elizabeth Macneal.

Set in a spectacular circus in the pleasure gardens of Victorian London, Circus of Wonders is an addictive novel about power, fame, and a love that is threatened by a terrible secret.

'Glitters and gleams . . . utterly beguiling' – Daily Mail


1866. In a coastal village in southern England, Nell lives set apart by her community because of the birthmarks that speckle her skin.

But when Jasper Jupiter’s Circus of Wonders arrives in the village, Nell is kidnapped. Her father has sold her, promising Jasper Jupiter his very own leopard girl. It is the greatest betrayal of Nell's life, but as her fame grows, and she finds friendship with the other performers and Jasper’s gentle brother Toby, she begins to wonder if joining the show is the best thing that has ever happened to her.

In London, newspapers describe Nell as the eighth wonder of the world. Figurines are cast in her image, and crowds rush to watch her soar through the air. But what happens when her fame eclipses Jasper's own? And as she falls in love with Toby, can he detach himself from his past and the terrible secret that binds him to his brother?

Elizabeth Macneal was born in Scotland and now lives in East London. She is a writer and potter and works from a small studio at the bottom of her garden. The Doll Factory, Elizabeth's debut novel, was a Sunday Times bestseller, has been translated into twenty-nine languages and has been optioned for a major television series. Circus of Wonders is her second novel.

Product Details

Title: Circus of Wonders
Author: Elizabeth Macneal
SKU: BK0459610
EAN: 9781529002539
Language: English
Binding: Hardcover
Release date: May 13, 2021

About Author

Elizabeth Macneal was born in Scotland and now lives in East London. She is a writer and potter and works from a small studio at the bottom of her garden. She read English Literature at Oxford University, before working in the City for several years. In 2017, she completed the Creative Writing MA at UEA where she was awarded the Malcolm Bradbury scholarship. The Doll Factory, Elizabeth’s debut novel, won the Caledonia Novel Award 2018.

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