The Illusionists by Rosie Thomas

Rosie Thomas is the Sunday Times bestselling author of over twenty novels, including The Kashmir Shawl which has sold 300,000 copies.

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…

The Illusionists

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I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

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