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The Goddess and the Thief

Essie Fox

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Historical fiction

A beguiling and sensual Victorian novel of theft and obsession from the author of the TV Book Club pick THE SOMNAMBULIST.

'A fabulous foray into a shadowy Victorian world' WOMAN&HOME

A beguiling novel of Victorian theft and obsession from the bestselling author of THE SOMNAMBULIST.

Uprooted from her home in India, Alice is raised by her aunt, a spiritualist medium in Windsor. When the mysterious Mr Tilsbury enters their lives, Alice is drawn into a plot to steal the priceless Koh-i-Noor diamond, claimed by the British Empire at the end of the Anglo-Sikh wars.

Said to be both blessed and cursed, the sacred Indian stone exerts its power over all who encounter it: a handsome deposed maharajah determined to claim his rightful throne, a man hell-bent on discovering the secrets of eternity, and a widowed queen who hopes the jewel can draw her husband's spirit back. In the midst of all this madness, Alice must discover a way to regain control of her life and fate...

'An obvious comparison is with early Sarah Waters' GUARDIAN

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Praise for The Goddess and the Thief

  • Dark secrets, hidden pasts and childhood mysteries are the focus in this sensual melodrama ... an entertaining slice of Victoriana, rich in historical detail - MARIE CLAIRE on The Goddess and the Thief

  • Beguiling, imaginative and original - HELLO magazine on The Goddess and the Thief

  • The plot of this novel is intricate and beautifully turned, and echoes Frances Hodgson Burnett and George MacDonald Fraser - THE TIMES on The Goddess and the Thief

  • Delights in the underworld and exotica of Victorian Britain ... Memorable and unusual - SUNDAY TIMES on The Goddess and the Thief

  • With just as many twists and turns as Wilkie Collins at his unpredictable best, Fox's take on the Victorian mystery novel will transport you to a world of intrigue and superstition ... A gem of a read - THE LADY on The Goddess and the Thief

  • An obvious comparison is with early Sarah Waters. The glee with which Fox approaches her material is infectious. All Victorian life is here. Intriguing - GUARDIAN on Elijah's Mermaid

  • Fox's vivid, sensual prose is - fittingly - as seductive as a siren's song, drawing you into a shadowy Victorian world of obsession and guilt ... An intoxicating follow-up to 2011's acclaimed THE SOMNAMBULIST. Recommended to fans of Sarah Waters - HEAT magazine on Elijah's Mermaid

  • A fabulous foray into a shadowy Victorian world - WOMAN & HOME on Elijah's Mermaid

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Essie Fox

Essie Fox divides her time between Windsor and Bow in the East End of London. Her debut novel, The Somnambulist, was selected for the Channel 4 Book Club and was shortlisted in the New Writer of the Year category of the 2012 National Book Awards. She is the author of The Virtual Victorian:

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