City of Circles

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Hodder & Stoughton, Jun 12, 2018 - Circus - 352 pages
Danu is a tightrope walker who is mourning her parents, after a disease has ravaged the circus where she grew up. Her mother has entrusted her with a locket that hides a secret. Over the years, Danu pushes away her grief and develops elaborate and successful high-wire acts with Morrie, a charismatic hunchback who wants to marry her. When the circus returns to Danu's birthplace, Matryoshka, Danu is enchanted by the temples, spice mists, and pleasure seekers within the intoxicating outer circle district. Here, she finally gains the courage to open her mother's locket, and discovers the name of a stranger who lives behind the locked gate of the Inner Circle. Fated to remain in Matryoshka, Danu attempts to resolve this mystery.

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This is an easy-to-read book about loss, and grief, and refinding yourself, and selfless (only a smidge creepy) love. It's the story of Dana, who works for a circus, and loses her deeply loved parents ... Read full review

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Danu Mock lives in a travelling circus with her parents. When she is fifteen, her parents die during an epidemic and she is left bereft, with the grief slowly consuming her. Morrie, a tightrope walker ... Read full review

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About the author (2018)

Jess Richards was born in Wales in 1972 and studied Creative Writing at Sussex University in 2010. Her debut novel, SNAKE ROPES, was shortlisted for the 2012 Costa First Novel Award and longlisted for the Green Carnation Prize. Her second novel, the acclaimed COOKING WITH BONES was published in 2014. CITY OF CIRCLES is her third novel.

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