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Slammerkin (SIGNED)

Donoghue, Emma

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ISBN 10: 1860498280 / ISBN 13: 9781860498282
Published by Little, Brown and Company (UK), London, 2000
Condition: F/F Hardcover
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F/F in mylar. A 1st edition/1st printing in fine condition with full number line. Signed by author on title page. There is no wear to jacket. The jacket is not price clipped, the covers are clean and bright and the edges are sharp. No tears or creases. The binding is straight and tight. NO remainder mark. Hardcover/Cloth 420 p. Bookseller Inventory # 6879

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Title: Slammerkin (SIGNED)

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (UK), London

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: hardcover/cloth

Book Condition: F/F

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st

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Set in London and Monmouth, loosely based on a terrible murder that took place in 1763, Slammerkin is the tale of Mary Saunders, the young daughter of a poor seamstress.
Mary dreams not just of food and warmth but of ribbons and fine clothes. It is this hunger for glamour that makes her rebel against her lot in life, and lures her into prostitution at the age of thirteen. Roaming the dangerous streets of London, she wears a painted red smile.
Forced to flee from debt and a hired killer, Mary finally ends up in Monmouth, her mother's home town, where she tries to start a new life as a maid. but she soon discovers that the past is inescapable. Caught up in new loyalties and old lies, Mary Saunders sets off a chain of events that can only lead to tragedy.

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Slammerkin: A loose gown; a loose woman.

Born to rough cloth in Hogarth's London, but longing for silk, Mary Saunders's eye for a shiny red ribbon leads her to prostitution at a young age. A dangerous misstep sends her fleeing to Monmouth, and the position of household seamstress, the ordinary life of an ordinary girl with no expectations. But Mary has known freedom, and having never known love, it is freedom that motivates her. Mary asks herself if the prostitute who hires out her body is more or less free than the "honest woman" locked into marriage, or the servant who runs a household not her own? And is either as free as a man? Ultimately, Mary remains true only to the three rules she learned on the streets: Never give up your liberty. Clothes make the woman. Clothes are the greatest lie ever told.

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