Circus of Wonders: The Dazzling Sunday Times Bestseller from the Author of The Doll Factory

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Pan Macmillan, May 13, 2021 - Fiction - 336 pages
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Step right up for the most captivating read of the summer . . .

Filled with the sights and sounds of Victorian England, Circus of Wonders is the instant Sunday Times bestseller from Elizabeth Macneal, author of The Doll Factory

‘Intensely satisfying’ – Stacey Halls, author of The Familiars


England, 1866. When Jasper Jupiter’s Circus of Wonders arrives in a coastal village, Nell soon catches the showman’s eye. Shunned by her community because of the birthmarks speckling her skin, to Jasper she is a prize – she could be his very own leopard girl. But how to make her his?

Soon Nell finds herself the star of Jasper’s show. Suddenly she is famous. Crowds rush to watch her soar through the air. Figurines are cast in her image. Even Queen Victoria wants to see her perform. But is Nell free to live and love as she chooses? And when her fame begins to eclipse Jasper’s own, could she be in danger? After all, the higher you fly, the steeper the fall . . .

‘Filled with character and life’ – The Times
‘Utterly beguiling’ – Daily Mail
‘Brilliantly involving’ – Daily Express
‘Exhilarating’ – Sunday Times, Books of the Year
‘An immersive gem’ – Red
‘Joyous, frightening, heartbreaking’ – Independent
‘Deliciously vivid’ – Woman & Home

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About the author (2021)

Elizabeth Macneal was born in Scotland and now lives in London. She is a writer and potter and works from a small studio at the bottom of her garden. The Doll Factory, Elizabeth’s debut novel, was a Sunday Times bestseller, has been translated into twenty-nine languages and has been optioned for a major television series. Circus of Wonders is her second novel.

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