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  - ElaineRuss - LibraryThing

A grimy, lurid look beneath the sheets off victorian London. This book is extremely well executed and at close to a 1000 pages it, miraculously, doesn't drag! However there are 2 reasons why this book ... Read full review

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User Review  - Gary the Bookworm - Goodreads

This book has captured the hearts and minds of readers and it has been acclaimed as the book Charles Dickens should have written. As valid a comparison as that may be, it also reminds me of novels ... 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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