Nights at the Circus, Paperback
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Is Sophie Fevvers, toast of Europe's capitals, part swan...or all fake?

Courted by the Prince of Wales and painted by Toulouse-Lautrec, she is an aerialiste extraordinaire and star of Colonel Kearney's circus.

She is also part woman, part swan. Jack Walser, an American journalist, is on a quest to discover the truth behind her identity.

Dazzled by his love for her, and desperate for the scoop of a lifetime, Walser has no choice but to join the circus on its magical tour through turn-of-the-nineteenth-century London, St Petersburg and Siberia.




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THis is the first Angela Carter book i have read. It was part of the Guardian's 1000 novels to read before you die list which I have been trying to work my way through. I thought this was a superbly written novel with most sentences being a joy to nehold within themselves. There is a great mixture of realism and fantasy here with many larger than life characters. The joy is not so much to be found in the main narrative thread but rather in all of the wonderful side stories explaining each character's background. I don't say this too oten but I have to say this is essential reading and Fevvers will stay with you for a long time afterwards!