by Pip Smith
A stunningly original debut novel inspired by the life of Eugenia Falleni.
Reviewed by Robert at Angus & Robertson Bookworld:
So for a debut novel to use this as the basis of a novel, and keep this history tragic reading (when I know the story's end), is a significant achievement. Pip Smith recreates the times and the characters with vivid detail and empathy, whilst spinning a story that is hard to put down
. She has created new connections and a sense of flow missing in the official accounts. I enjoyed this book so much more than I expected to, savouring the chance to 'hear' Harry's story directly, and feeling the pain of the protagonist as we follow through the many dire circumstances.
This is a colourful yet humane retelling that achieves the author's high goals (and will likely win awards), and I thoroughly recommend it.