The Illusionists (HarperCollins) is due for release on 27th February 2014.
There is no such thing as magic. There is only truth.’
London, 1870. A terrifying place for a young, beautiful woman of limited means. Life on the streets is relentlessly tough, where fortunes can be bought or sold and danger lurks around every corner. But Eliza is modern before her time. Not for her the stifling drudgery of conventional life, she longs for more.
Through her work as an artist’s model she meets the spellbinding Devil Wix – a born showman whose dream is to run his own theatre company. Carlo Boldoni, an ill-tempered dwarf who quickly becomes Devil’s right-hand man. Carlo and Devil clash at every opportunity but it falls upon Eliza to broker an easy peace between them. And there is Jasper Button. Mild-mannered, and a family man at heart, it is his gift as an artist which makes him the unlikely final member of the motley crew.
Thrown together by a twist of fate, their lives are inextricably linked: the fortune of one depends on the fortune of the other. As Eliza gets sucked into the seductive and dangerous world her strange companions inhabit, she risks not only her heart, but also her life…
This is available to pre order now.
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