Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 29/02/2024
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**The spellbinding, bold new retelling of the story of Lord Byron and the Shelleys, from the perspective of Claire Clairmont, the incredible woman that history tried to forget.**'Beautifully written, Clairmont tells the sensuous hidden story of an influential historic woman.' Sara Sheridan, author of The Fair Botanists Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year'An absorbing, intoxicating page-turner about a woman who deserves to be remembered.' Jennifer Saint, author of Ariadne and Atalanta'Riveting - a clever portrait of a fascinating, flawed heroine.'The Times'An intimate and enlightening tale of one of Romanticism's forsaken muses - an artfully told story that lingers in the mind far beyond the last page' Susan Stokes-Chapman, author of Pandora1816. A massive volcanic eruption has caused the worst storms that Europe has seen in decades, yet Percy and Mary Shelley have chosen to visit the infamous Lord Byron at his villa on Lake Geneva. It wasn't their idea: Mary's eighteen year old step-sister, Claire Clairmont, insisted. But the reason for Claire's visit is more pressing than a summer escape with the most famous writers in the world. She's pregnant with Byron's child - a child Byron doesn't want, and scarcely believes is his own.Claire has the world in her grasp. This trip should have given her everything she ever dreamed of. But within days, her life will be in ruins.History has all but forgotten her story - but she will not be silenced.

  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9781035400249
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 640g
  • Dimensions: 236 x 162 x 40 mm

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Spotlight on Claire for a change
Lesley McDowell uses three timelines to tell Claire Clairmont’s story but it’s the first that informs them all. In a cottage on the shores of Lake Geneva, ... READ MORE
Anne O'Connell
Beautiful writing
This book tells the story of Clare clairmont who was the muse of Lord baron and shelley. She was also the sister of Mary shelley. There are lots of tales ... READ MORE
Not for me
I hate to say this but I really did not enjoy this story whatsoever. I struggled with the characters especially Albe. Claire was extremely complex and very... READ MORE
Nic. C/ Nickiknackinoo
A complex novel of a passionate woman
This is an immensely complex and thoughtful novel which kept me engaged throughout. It is based on a real person, and largely on what is known about her, p... READ MORE
Disturbing historical fiction
Claire Clairmont is not her stepsister. She's not a talented writer, she's not married to a famous poet, she's the lover of great men. In 1816 Percy Shel... READ MORE
Jo-anne Atkinson
Beautiful Story
This was an amazing novel! Lesley McDowell brings the story of Claire Clairmont, a woman history tends to forget, to the contemporary with this beautiful, ... READ MORE
Megan Rose
Well-researched and fascinating
Loosely based on real-life events, Clairmont tells the story of Claire Clairmont, Mary Shelley’s half-sister. Introduced into the world of the great romant... READ MORE
A fresh look at Frankenstein through the eyes of Claire Clairmont
If you are a fan of Mary Shelley, and how "Frankenstein" came into being then I'd urge you to read "Clairmont" by Lesley McDowell. This fictionalised life... READ MORE
Mel Pretorius
Being A Muse
*I received a free preview copy of this book from NetGalley* ‘I’m very bored with being a muse,’ she said. ‘And I was muse to the best.’ Claire Clair... READ MORE
Amy C
Worth a little effort
This is quite a difficult book to review for me - in retrospect I think I enjoyed it more than I did during the actual reading. I found it very slow to get... READ MORE