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978-1914585524

The Fascination - June 2023 PREM1ER Edition

The Fascination - June 2023 PREM1ER Edition

by Essie Fox

Publisher Orenda Books

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About the book

The estranged grandson of a wealthy collector of human curiosities becomes fascinated with teenaged twin sisters, leading them into a web of dark obsessions. A dazzlingly dark gothic novel from the bestselling author of The Sonambulist

Mysterious, sometimes shocking, full of surprises and twists brimming with Victorian wonders! Sean Lusk

Essie Fox follows in the footsteps of Angela Carter and AS Byatt with an adult fairy tale that delves into the darkest compulsions of human nature an opium trance of a novel, a vivid fantasmagoria Noel OReilly

An enthralling tale about deception, love and loss, and what it means to be different. Macabre and shocking, beautiful and tender, it had me spellbound Louisa Treger

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Victorian England. A world of rural fairgrounds and glamorous London theatres. A world of dark secrets and deadly obsessions

Twin sisters Keziah and Tilly Lovell are identical in every way, except that Tilly hasn't grown a single inch since she was five. Coerced into promoting their father's quack elixir as they tour the country fairgrounds, at the age of fifteen the girls are sold to a mysterious Italian known as Captain.

Theo is an orphan, raised by his grandfather, Lord Seabrook, a man who has a dark interest in anatomical freaks and other curiosities particularly the human kind. Resenting his grandson for his mothers death in childbirth, when Seabrook remarries and a new heir is produced, Theo is forced to leave home without a penny to his name.


Theo finds employment in Dr Summerwells Museum of Anatomy in London, and here he meets Captain and his theatrical family of performers, freaks and outcasts.

But it is Theos fascination with Tilly and Keziah that will lead all of them into a web of deceits, exposing the darkest secrets and threatening everything they know


Exploring universal themes of love and loss, the power of redemption and what it means to be unique, The Fascination is an evocative, glittering and bewitching gothic novel that brings alive Victorian London and darkness and deception that lies beneath

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Elixirs, fairgrounds, fairies in jars. Twins and monsters and outcasts. Essie Foxs fascinating and immersive tale is, at its heart, about acceptance of difference. I loved it Anna Mazzola

A beautiful, haunting tale peopled by a thrilling set of living, breathing characters. This is very fine historical fiction Emma Carrol

Beautifully controlled This is exceptional storytelling, exquisitely told Nydia Hetherington

Beautifully researched, full of horrors and delights a chilling, thrilling slice of Victorian gothic Bridget Walsh

So inventive and surprising beautiful writing, unforgettable characters and some wicked humour, too Juliet West

A sumptuous, gothic treat that will reel you in and not let you go until the final page. Bravo! Caroline Green

Essie Fox is the mistress of gothic Victoriana utterly beguiling and rendered in exquisite detail. This is a wonderful, captivating carnival of a novel Elizabeth Fremantle

Wonderfully vivid and touching extraordinary Adele Geras

I loved this story of a group of wonderful others fighting to find their place and purpose in a glittering, but unforgiving, Victorian England Marika Cobbold

Atmospheric, gripping and ultimately uplifting, its a tale of cruelty and depravity, but also love, friendship and acceptance Karen Coles

Richly detailed, beautifully written a fascinating read Michael J Malone

A kaleidoscopic, twisting, devilish novel guaranteed to dazzle and delight. I was utterly beguiled by this wonder of a novel Dan Bassett, Bookseller

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About the Author

Essie Fox

Essie Fox was born and grew up in Herefordshire. She now lives in Windsor.

After studying English Literature at Sheffield University she first worked for the Telegraph Sunday Magazine, and then the book publishers, George Allen & Unwin – before moving into art and design, a career that lasted twenty years.

Always an avid reader, Essie also yearned to write. She has now published four historical novels with Orion Books. Her debut, The Somnambulist, one of three Victorian gothic mysteries, was shortlisted for the 2012 National Book Awards, and also featured on Channel 4’s TV Book Club. Subsequent titles were selected for the You Magazine Reading Group, and The Times Historical Book of the Month.

As well as appearing at many literary festivals and book events, Essie writes the popular blog (The Virtual Victorian). She has been interviewed on local and national radio, as well as contributing articles to newspapers and magazines. She has lectured at the V&A, and the National Gallery.

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