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'A startlingly original novel' - Times, BOOK OF THE YEAR The wry, macabre, unforgettable tale of an ambitious orphan in Revolutionary Paris, befriended by royalty and radicals alike, who transforms herself into the legendary Madame Tussaud. In 1761, a tiny, odd-looking girl named Marie is born in a village in Alsace. After the death of her parents, she is apprenticed to an eccentric wax sculptor and whisked off to the seamy streets of Paris, where they meet a domineering widow and her quiet, pale son. Together, they convert an abandoned monkey house into an exhibition hall for wax heads, and the spectacle becomes a sensation. As word of her artistic talent spreads, Marie is called to Versailles, where she tutors a princess and saves Marie Antoinette in childbirth. But outside the palace walls, Paris is roiling: The revolutionary mob is demanding heads, and . . . at the wax museum, heads are what they do. Edward Carey's Little is a wonder the incredible story of a 'blood-stained crumb of a girl' who went on to shape the world. 'Rich and engrossing, there is an extraordinary potency to Carey's material ... A visceral, vivid and moving novel' - GUARDIAN 'Don't miss this eccentric charmer' - @MargaretAtwood 'In this gloriously gruesome imagining of the girlhood of Marie Tussaud, mistress of wax, fleas will bite, rats will run and heads will roll and roll and roll. Guts'n'gore galore: I bloody loved it' - SPECTATOR AUTHOR: Edward Carey was born in Norfolk, England. He is a novelist, visual artist and has also written and directed a number of plays for the National Theatre of Romania and the Vilnius Small State Theatre, Lithuania. In England his plays and adaptations have been performed at the Young Vic Studio, the Battersea Arts Centre, and the Royal Opera House Studio. He is the author of the novels Observatory Mansions, Alva and Irva, and the acclaimed YA series The Iremonger Trilogy, which has been published in thirteen countries and has been optioned for film adaptation. After university, Edward worked at Madame Tussaud in London, preventing people from touching the waxworks, and it was there that he learnt the incredible story of the museum's founder. Edward lives in Austin, Texas in the United States, and teaches at the University of Austin. He is available for interview and to write features. 137 illustrations

Product code: 9781910709535

ISBN 9781910709535
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H198xW129
No. Of Pages 400
Publisher Gallic Books
On Sale Date 16/05/2019
Export edition (World excluding US and Canada). From little beginnings: the extraordinary story of a singular, diminutive crumb of a servant girl turned entertainment mogul.