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The Palace of Curiosities Before Eve is born, her mother goes to the circus She buys a penny twist of coloured sugar and settles down to watch the heart stopping main attraction a lion, billed as a monster from the savage heart of Africa, forged in the heat of a merciless sun Mama swears she hears the lion sigh, just before it leapsand when Eve is born, the story goes, she didn t cry she meowed and licked her paws When Abel is pulled from the stinking Thames, the mudlarks are sure he is long dead As they search his pockets to divvy up the treasure, his eyes crack open and he coughs up a stream of black water But how has he survived a week in that thick stew of human waste Cast out by Victorian society, Eve and Abel find succour from an unlikely source They will become The Lion Faced Girl and The Flayed Man, star performers in Professor Josiah Arroner s Palace of Curiosities And there begins a journey that will entwine their fates forever


About the Author: Rosie Garland

Born in London to a runaway teenager, Rosie has always been a cuckoo in the nest She s an eclectic writer and performer, ranging from singing in post punk gothic band The March Violets, through touring with the Subversive Stitch exhibition in the 90s to her alter ego Rosie Lugosi the Vampire Queen, cabaret chanteuse and mistress of ceremonies.She has published five solo collections of poetry and her award winning short stories, poems and essays have been widely anthologized She is winner of the DaDa Award for Performance Artist of the Year and a Poetry Award from the People s Caf , New York Her most recent poetry collection, Everything Must Go Holland Park Press 2012 draws on her experience of throat cancer She won the Mslexia Novel competition in 2012 and her debut novel The Palace of Curiosities was published in March 2013 by HarperCollins Her second novel, Vixen , Borough Press 2014 is now available in all formats.



10 thoughts on “The Palace of Curiosities

  1. Mieneke Mieneke says:

    Hot on the heels of another book with a Victorian circus esque flavour, I got to read an early ARC for The Palace of Curiosities by Rosie Garland While it is a debut novel, Garland is an award winning author in other disciplines and it definitely shows in her first long form offering It s a stunning piece of work, with stron


  2. Blair Blair says:

    In Victorian London, a girl named Eve is born covered in hair, a coat she comes to think of as her fur Unloved by her mother and mocked by strangers, she is swept off her feet by the avaricious Josiah Arroner, who fills her with hopes of romance but leaves her trapped in a loveless and sexless marriage Instead, he cruelly parades he


  3. Renae Renae says:

    Magical realism is always a strange genre you don t always know what you re going to get In The Palace of Curiosities, a novel about performers in a Victorian freak show, I think I got a littlethan I wanted Garland offers readers a potentially charming romance between two misfits, told in rich, evocative prose but also manages to be unexpec


  4. Sanaa Sanaa says:

    2.5 Stars Wow I really disliked this book which is such a shame because it had such potential The two main characters, Eve and Abel, were just so Well Boring Abel was interesting during the first part of the book but Eve was boring all the way through The story was predictable and the entire book just felt like it fell flat The one thing it had goi


  5. Cat Cat says:

    It was the cover that captured my attention I admit it And then I thought I was picking up a book with a story on the lines of Erin Morgenstern The Night Circus which I truly liked Liked a lot I guess it is a mistake to choose a book by its cover, because it may not live to our expectations Or to the beauty of the cover.This means that, as much as I liked


  6. Heather Heather says:

    I listened to the audiobook of this and was unfortunately disappointed I thought the narration by Jane Copland was very good but the story was let down by poor characters and a completely bizarre ending which didn t fit with the feel of the rest of the book This book tells the story of Eve and Abel who are both performers in Professor Josiah Arroner s Palace of Cu


  7. Teresa Teresa says:

    This is a promising debut novel which will appeal to fans of quirky fiction peppered with a dash of magical realism Alternate chapters tell the stories of Abel, the Flayed Man and Eve, the Lion Faced Girl whose lives intertwine when they both perform in Josiah Arroner s Palace of Curiosities Estranged from normal society, they share a basic human need for acceptance and l


  8. Anne Anne says:

    This wonderful debut novel was way outside my usual comfort zone, but I found it mesmerising The writing is wonderful, and I ve spent the last day living in Josiah Arroner s Palace of Curiosities with Abel, the Flayed Man and Eve, the Lion Faced Girl At the start, I thought the present tense telling would be difficult it s a great tribute to the author s mastery of her craft that


  9. Elizabeth Judd Taylor Elizabeth Judd Taylor says:

    Probably a 4.5, but I enjoyed it so much I m going to round up rather than down.This is a dark, sometimes violent, yet ultimately uplifting book about 2 freaks one a hairy lion faced lady, and the other a confused, forgetful man who cannot die and fears the memories that haunt his dreams This is not the stuff of happy fairy tales, but rather the story of 2 outsiders who come to value and


  10. Dan Sumption Dan Sumption says:

    I must admit, I came to this novel with low expectations comparisons with Angela Carter left me expecting some steampunk pastiche of Nights At The Circus, or an inferior version of Katherine Dunn s Geek Love I was wrong though Initially, the book won me over with the cleverness of its writing It s extremely easy to read, but constantly carries the reader s mind ahead of the story with subliminal


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