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The Beasts of Paris

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781529421576

Price: £20

ON SALE: 4th July 2023

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Historical Fiction

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In Paris 1870, three wandering souls find themselves in a city set to descend into war.



‘A historical epic that Jessie Burton fans will adore’ GRAZIA
‘Exquisite, relevant and immersive’ ANNA MAZZOLA
‘A triumph’ GUARDIAN

Anne is a former patient from a women’s asylum trying to carve out a new life for herself in a world that doesn’t understand her. Newcomer Lawrence is desperate to develop his talent as a photographer and escape the restrictions of his puritanical upbringing. Ellis, an army surgeon, has lived through the trauma of one civil war and will do anything to avoid another bloodbath.

Each keeps company with the restless beasts of Paris’ Menagerie, where they meet, fight their demons, lose their hearts, and rebel in a city under siege.

A dazzling historical epic of love and survival, Stef Penney carries the reader captivated through war-torn Paris.

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Praise for Stef Penney

‘One of the best storytellers we have’ The Scotsman
‘Penney works hard to fill her canvas with colour and conviction’ Sunday Times
‘[Her] prose is cinematic’ Independent
‘What has marked Penney out from the start is her ability to make her extensive historical research come alive’ Sunday Herald
‘Hypnotically readable . . . Stef Penney is a mesmerising storyteller’ Amanda Craig

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Hypnotically readable, suspenseful, romantic and humane, Stef Penney is a mesmerising storyteller
AMANDA CRAIG, author of THE GOLDEN RULE
Enthralling , vivid and utterly original
DAISY GOODWIN, author of THE FORTUNE HUNTER
Paris during the siege of 1870 and the Communard uprising are fabulous subjects and Stef Penney has triumphed . . . It's bold. It's beautifully written and totally absorbing
ELIZABETH BUCHAN, author of TWO WOMEN IN ROME
Brilliantly evocative of Paris under siege . . . I knew almost nothing about this shocking slice of history and now I feel I've lived through it
RACHEL BILLINGTON, author of WAR BABIES
An exquisite, relevant and immersive novel of humanity and beasts, self-discovery and survival set amid a Paris in flames
ANNA MAZZOLA, author of THE CLOCKWORK GIRL
A beautifully written story of the best and worst of humanity, of the triumph of love and the human spirit over the degradation and devastation of war . . . the characters will stay with me a long time
S. G. MACLEAN, author of THE BOOKSELLER OF INVERNESS
A thrilling novel . . . She follows the stories of both humans and animals with an eye for telling detail and a deep understanding of the human heart
ADÈLE GERAS, author of DANGEROUS WOMEN
What a stunning read! I was immersed in this epic of love and daring . . . The historical background is wonderfully vivid and thrilling. Stef Penney is one of our most exceptional storytellers
C. J. CAREY, author of QUEEN HIGH
A haunting and immersive novel that weaves together the lives of caged beasts and lost souls against a sweeping backdrop of war and revolution, love and loyalty. . . A tour de force
V. B. GREY, author of SISTERHOOD
A historical epic that Jessie Burton fans will adore
Grazia
In its balancing of exhilaration and horror, love and terror, despair and resurgence, The Beasts of Paris is a triumph
Guardian
A rich portrait of a city falling apart . . . [Penney] draws her main characters - and Paris - with great skill
TIMES, book of the month
Penney examines social class, gender and sexuality against a vividly imagined reconstruction of historic events. Readers will find much to enjoy in this exploration of love, loss and redemption
Daily Record
Intriguing cast of characters ... their fortunes intertwine in a multi-stranded narrative that highlights the lives and loves of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events
Sunday Times
Engrossing . . . Readers will find much to enjoy in this exploration of love, loss and redemption
S Magazine