|Author:||Edward Carey (Illustrator); Madeleine Allen (Editor); Luke Bird (Cover Design by)|
'A startlingly original novel' -- THE TIMES BOOK OF THE MONTH
'Dont miss this eccentric charmer' -- @MargaretAtwood
'Compulsively readable: so canny and weird and surfeited with the reality of human capacity and ingenuity that I am stymied for comparison. Dickens and David Lynch? Defoe meets Atwood? Judge for yourself...' -- Gregory Maguire, author of WICKED
There is a space between life and death: it's called waxworks
Born in Alsace in 1761, the unsightly, diminutive Marie Grosholtz is quickly nicknamed 'Little'. Orphaned at the age of six, she finds employmet in Bern, Switzerland, under the charge of reclusive anatomist, Dr Curtius. In time the unlikely pair form an unlikely bond, and together they pursue an unusual passion: the fine art of wax-modelling.
Forced to flee their city, the doctor and his protégée head for the seamy streets of Paris where they open an exhibition hall for their uncanny creations. Though revolution approaches, the curious-minded flock to see the wax heads, eager to scrutinise the faces of royalty and reprobates alike. At 'The Cabinet of Doctor Curtius', heads are made, heads are displayed, and a future is built from wax.
From the gutters of pre-revolutionary France to the luxury of the Palace of Versailles, from casting the still-warm heads of The Terror to finding something very like love, Little is the unforgettable story of how a 'bloodstained crumb of a girl' went on to shape the world...
'Carey creates an indelible character in Little, sprinkles idiosyncratic drawings throughout and folds his narrative in cunning ways...' -- BBC CULTURE
'One of the most original historical novels of the year... By turns macabre, funny, touching and oddly life-affirming, Little is a remarkable achievement' - SUNDAY TIMES
'It is Carey's uniquely inventive style that makes this novel so completely, wickedly, addictive.' -- BIG ISSUE
'Edward Carey is one of the strangest writers we are privileged to have in this country' - OBSERVER
'Clever and intriguing' - DAILY MAIL
'Full of rich historical detail and beautiful illustrations ... a rare treat of a novel that will stay with you long after you turn the final page' -- HEAT