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Title: The Illusionists
Publisher: HarperCollins Canada
Publication Date: 2014
Book Condition: Good
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“Love, seduction, magic and illusion collide as Rosie Thomas takes us on a spellbinding journey through an extremely shadowy world.” —Daily Express
An enchanting, Dickensian tale of desire, magic, and the Victorian theatre, perfect for fans of Sarah Waters, The Night Circus, and Water for Elephants—from the beloved and bestselling author of The Kashmir Shawl.
London, 1885—a challenging place for a young, beautiful woman of limited means. But Eliza is modern before her time. She longs for more than the stifling, if respectable, conventionality of marriage, children, domestic drudgery. Through her work as an artist’s model, she meets the magnetic and irascible Devil Wix—a born showman whose dream is to run his own theatre company.
Devil’s right-hand man is Carlo Bonomi, an ill-tempered dwarf who is a talented magician and illusionist. Carlo and Devil clash at every turn and it falls to Eliza to broker an uneasy peace between them. Jasper Button, a mild-mannered family man at heart, is a gifted artist and the unlikely final member of the motley crew. With self-styled impresario Devil at the helm of the Palmyra Theatre, acrobats and illusionists astonish audiences with their death-defying stunts and the magic of mysterious new inventions—like electricity. Backstage, secret romances, box-office dramas, and power struggles inevitably simmer, and intermittently boil over.
Framed by Rosie Thomas’s rich portrayal of the rapidly changing world of late-Victorian England, The Illusionists takes readers on an unforgettable journey with a cast of passionate, larger-than-life figures who are inextricably linked through their shared love of the stage and the theatre, and who will make you laugh and break your heart. And as Eliza is drawn into their seductive, precarious, and exciting bohemian world, she risks not only her heart, but also her life...
ROSIE THOMAS is the author of many celebrated and bestselling novels, including White, Iris and Ruby, The Kashmir Shawl, and The Illusionists, to which this novel is the sequel. She is also an avid traveller who has climbed in the Alps and the Himalayas, competed in the Peking to Paris car rally, spent time on a tiny Bulgarian research station in Antarctica, and travelled the Silk Road through Asia.
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