Circus of Wonders

Circus of Wonders

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 09/06/2022
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Synopsis

1866. In a coastal village in southern England, Nell picks violets for a living. Set apart by her community because of the birthmarks that speckle her skin, Nell's world is her beloved brother and devotion to the sea.

But when Jasper Jupiter's Circus of Wonders arrives in the village, Nell is kidnapped. Her father has sold her, promising Jasper Jupiter his very own leopard girl. It is the greatest betrayal of Nell's life, but as her fame grows, and she finds friendship with the other performers and Jasper's gentle brother Toby, she begins to wonder if joining the show is the best thing that has ever happened to her.

In London, newspapers describe Nell as the eighth wonder of the world. Figurines are cast in her image, and crowds rush to watch her soar through the air. But who gets to tell Nell's story? What happens when her fame threatens to eclipse that of the showman who bought her? And as she falls in love with Toby, can he detach himself from his past and the terrible secret that binds him to his brother?

Moving from the pleasure gardens of Victorian London to the battle-scarred plains of the Crimea, Circus of Wonders is an astonishing story about power and ownership, fame and the threat of invisibility.

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781529002553
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Weight: 271g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 24 mm

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Circus of Wonders
A Literary Masterpiece
This novel is a piece of art. Like the audience are captivated by the magnificently unique stars of Jasper Jupiter's Circus, this novel hooks the readers f... READ MORE
Arya
Circus of Wonders
Wonderious
A circus of wonders in a time of freak shows! I was not prepared for the emotions this book took me on. Such amazing characters such a tale of doomed roma... READ MORE
Zoe Pollock
Circus of Wonders
Magical and captivating
This is like a darker version of ‘The Greatest Showman.’ I love anything to do with the circus, and this one has a decent storyline. It’s based on the ‘fr... READ MORE
Natalie M-E
Circus of Wonders
Great historical tale
'Circus of Wonders' by Elizabeth Macneal tealls a beautiful and harrowing tale of life in 1866. Nellie picks violets for a living and lives with her broth... READ MORE
Melanie Greaves