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In a time of approaching war and terrorism, spectacular wealth and financial disasters, the private world of three famous Londoners becomes a public scandal. Lord Derby - unhappily married and the richest, as well as the ugliest, man in the House of Lords - is the relentless suitor of England's reigning queen of comedy, Eliza Farren. His chief rival is the aristocratic widow Anne Damer, a sculptor who, as the rumor has it, loves women.
Set in Parliament, on stage, the racetrack, as well as the intimate salons of the Beau Monde, the best-selling author of Slammerkin evocatively brings to life a world where everyone wears a mask, and where erotic liaisons prove as dangerous as political ones.
©2005 Emma Donoghue (P)2016 Random House Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ginger 3701 on 06-29-18

Wonderful.

I did truly enjoy this book and even more so upon finding out it was true. Anne was such a strong, thoughtful character. I have to confess that I cared very very little for Eliza. I felt her to be such a coward and beyond selfish. Darby was disgusting little man as were his friends. The narrative was excellent. In conclusion it's impossible for Emma Donahue to write a bad book.

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