The Crimson Petal And The White

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Canongate Books, Nov 1, 1999 - Fiction - 864 pages
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Sugar, an alluring, nineteen-year-old whore in the brothel of the terrifying Mrs Castaway, yearns for a better life and her ascent through the strata of 1870's London society offers us intimacy with a host of loveable, maddening and superbly realised characters. Gripping from the first page, this immense novel is an intoxicating and deeply satisfying read, not only a wonderful story but the creation of an entire, extraordinary world.

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User Review  - Michael.McGuire - LibraryThing

I dove into this book with very few preconceptions, only choosing it because I saw a brief introductory sequence of the television series and enjoyed the interesting dialog as the camera wove through ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lisa.Johnson.James - LibraryThing

I LOVED this book. It is SO rich, SO detailed, & it's characters so REAL that it's like stepping back in time to a world that in other Victorian era books we could only peer through the window at. I ... Read full review

About the author (1999)

MICHEL FABER has written seven books, including the highly acclaimed The Crimson Petal and the White, The Fahrenheit Twins and the Whitbread-shortlisted novel Under the Skin. The Apple, based on characters in The Crimson Petal and the White, was published in 2006. He has also written two novellas, The Hundred and Ninety-Nine Steps (2001) and The Courage Consort (2002), and has won several short-story awards, including the Neil Gunn, Ian St James and Macallan. Born in Holland, brought up in Australia, he now lives in the Scottish Highlands.

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