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Summary

I would like to make myself the heroine of this story and my character to be noble - an innocent victim led astray. But alas, sir, I would be lying....

Tully Truegood: orphan. Magician's apprentice. Whore.

In prison, accused of murder, Tully begins to write her life story. A story that takes her from a young daughter-skivvy in the back streets of 18th-century London to her stepmother Queenie's fairy house - a place where decadent excess is a must....

Trained by Queenie to become a courtesan and by Mr Crease, a magician who sees that Tully holds similar special powers to his own, together they make Tully the talk of the town.

But as Tully goes on a journey of sexual awakening, she falls in love with one of her clients, and the pleasure soon turns to pain. Especially when the estranged husband she was forced to marry by her father suddenly seeks her out. Now Tully is awaiting her trial for murder, for which she expects to hang...and her only chance of survival is to get her story to the one person who might be able to help her.

©2016 Wray Delaney (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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Loved this book!

What a treat, 18th century courtesans and magic. Who could ask for more? Certainly not I!

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Almond for a parrot

Lovely book, well written and well narrated. The story is winding and intricate, couldn't stop listening. A well deserved 5 stars.

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Absolutely outstanding!

Brilliant in every aspect. Can't recommend enough! If you like Sarah Waters you'll love this, and the narration was absolutely perfect.

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Captivating

A perfect story to get lost in, it gripped me from the start, its first person narrative and the protagonist is extremely likeable, there's humour, suspense, mystery, sex, and love,

an adult fairy-tale romance with a touch of magic.

The narrator does an excellent job - effortless listening

Get the audiobook, you wont regret it

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Excellent

A saucy magical fairy story for grown-ups, but with a serious social message.
Narration really engaging.
So good I listened for 6 hours non-stop!
Would highly recomend

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Beautifully narrated story

deliciously intriguing and compelling story. The main character comes to life with a magnificent narrator

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Absolutely loved it

The best book I’ve heard in ages. I loved the story, it’s content & the way it was read. At times it made be burst out laughing, but has a tender side to it too.
I’ve recommended it to all my friends.

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Completely unexpected

I chose this book for the cover, and I'm so glad I did. You are left wanting more.

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Great rollercoaster of a story

Great story full of bawdy and menacing characters, the story never waivered and a twist at the end was the cherry on the cake. I loved it & was sad it ended.

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Laughter and tears - what a great book.

I enjoyed this book for so many reasons, it was a delight to listen to and the narration is second to none (especially the passages concerning vegetables! I laughed out loud at the "carrots"). It's a fascinating insight into the world of the courtesan and also the differences in society which highlight the class divide and the disadvantages people (especially women) had to suffer if they were lowly born. The paranormal element actually attracted me to this book in the first instance but became less important the more I became immersed in the story.