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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (935 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Emma Donoghue Narrator: Donada Peters, Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The bestselling author of Slammerkin vividly brings to life the Beau Monde of late eighteenth-century England, turning the private drama of three celebrated Londoners into a robust, full-bodied portrait of a world on the brink of revolution.

The Honourable Mrs. Anne Damer is a young widow of eccentric tastes, the only female sculptor of her time. The Earl of Derby, inventor of the horse race that bears his name, is the richest man in the House of Lords, and the ugliest. Miss Eliza Farren, born a nobody, now reigns as Queen of Comedy at Drury Lane Theatre. In a time of looming war and terrorism, of glittering spectacle and financial disasters, the wealthy liberals of the Whig Party work to topple a tyrannical prime minister and a lunatic king. Marriages and friendships stretch or break; political liaisons prove as dangerous as erotic ones, and everyone wears a mask.

Will Eliza Farren gain entry to that elite circle that calls itself the World? Can Lord Derby’s pride endure public mockery of his long, unconsummated courtship of the actress? Will Anne Damer ever silence the whispers of Sapphism that have haunted her since her husband’s death?

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Caitlin Jellybean | 2/20/2014

    " I love love love Emma Donoghue and this book was excellent. I love historical fiction and historical fiction with a queer plot is even better. I also love a good long book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Christine | 2/6/2014

    " Didn't like this - didn't finish it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katherine | 2/4/2014

    " A great period read with some wonderful fleshing-out of historical characters skillfully intertwined with fictional ones to create a satisfying story. I want my copy back so I can re-read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Shasta | 1/30/2014

    " I'm giving up on this one 50 pages in -- I love everything else I've read by Emma Donoghue, but this one is boring me to tears. Excruciatingly detailed theater rehearsal and performance scenes, joined by a focus on late 18th century English politics -- just not my cup of tea. Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of classic English literature and much historical fiction, but I feel absolutely no interest in these characters or their milieu. This is no page turner, that's for sure. "

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