Michel Faber’s bestselling blockbuster set in 19th-century London
‘Watch your step. Keep your wits about you; you will need them …’
So begins this irresistible voyage into the dark side of Victorian London. Amongst an unforgettable cast of low-lifes, physicians, businessmen and prostitutes, meet our heroine Sugar, a young woman trying to drag herself up from the gutter any way she can. Be prepared for a mesmerising tale of passion, intrigue, ambition and revenge.
“This is an unputdownable book; there is no choice but to give in to this most unbelievably pleasurable of narrative rides. 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”
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“A sexy, bravura novel… wildly entertaining”
new York Times
“When a book is this big, it had better be good - this one is. Dive in. Enjoy!”
“Owes as much to John Fowles as it does to Charlotte Bronte. Which is to say that the book is both mind-bogglingly clever and page-turningly tempting. Don’t miss it”
“An astonishing narrative sweep that encompasses Victorian society in all its colourful variety, it peels away the surface gentility and brings its world to vivid life. It’s a feast for all five senses and in spite of its weight, it’s impossible to put down.”
MICHEL FABER has written eight books, including the highly acclaimed The Fire Gospel, The Fahrenheit Twins and the Whitbread-shortlisted novel Under the Skin. He has also written two novellas, The Hundred and Ninety-Nine Steps and The Courage Consort, 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 UK.