The Illusionists

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The Illusionists Summary

From the best-selling author of the phenomenally successful The Kashmir Shawl.

London 1870: a terrifying place for a young, beautiful woman of limited means. But Eliza is modern before her time. Not for her the stifling if respectable conventionality of marriage, children, domestic drudgery. She longs for more.

Through her work as an artist’s model, she meets the magnetic and irascible Devil - a born showman whose dream is to run his own theatre company. Devil’s right-hand man is the improbably named Carlo Bonomi, an ill-tempered dwarf with an enormous talent for all things magic and illusion. Carlo and Devil clash at every opportunity and it constantly falls upon Eliza to broker an uneasy peace between them. And then there is Jasper Button. Mild-mannered, and a family man at heart, it is his gift as an artist which makes him the unlikely final member of the motley crew.

Thrown together by a twist of fate, their lives are inextricably linked: The fortune of one depends on the fortune of the other. And as Eliza gets sucked into the seductive and dangerous world her strange companions inhabit, she risks not only her heart, but also her life.…

©2014 Rosie Thomas (P)2014 Audible Studios
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  • Book 1

    • The Illusionists

    • By: Rosie Thomas
    • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
    • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 35

    London 1870: a terrifying place for a young, beautiful woman of limited means. But Eliza is modern before her time. Not for her the stifling if respectable conventionality of marriage, children, domestic drudgery. She longs for more. Through her work as an artist’s model, she meets the magnetic and irascible Devil - a born showman whose dream is to run his own theatre company. Devil’s right-hand man is the improbably named Carlo Bonomi, an ill-tempered dwarf with an enormous talent for all things magic and illusion.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Started well and went downhill

    • By Spirit on 30-05-14

    Regular price: £22.99

  • Book 2

    • Daughter of the House

    • By: Rosie Thomas
    • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
    • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39

    The sequel to the stunning novel The Illusionists, from the best-selling author of The Kashmir Shawl. Born into a theatrical background, Nancy Wix is not a woman to be held back by family or class. At a young age she discovers clairvoyant abilities that will change her whole life - from a boating accident that leaves three strangers dead to visions of the Great War to come, Nancy strives to change her fate.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A strange blend of genres

    • By Chloe on 22-03-16

    Regular price: £22.99