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Barbara Ewing

The Mesmerist

 

Mesmerism, the genesis of today’s Hypnotism, is all the rage in England in 1840 and out-of-work actresses, Cordelia and Rillie, decide to set up their own fake Mesmerism business in London’s Bloomsbury, to keep themselves out of the workhouse. But Cordelia finds she actually has the Mesmeric gift - and then the past, and a murder, intervene...

(Chosen as Westminster Libraries’ “ONE BOOK FOR WESTMINSTER.”)

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“A compelling storyteller, Ewing puts on a masterly performance in recreating Victorian theatre land. Even when the body count starts to mount, she keeps us believing…”
THE INDEPENDENT
   
“Ewing’s depictions of the theatre world, the battle between mesmerists and physicians, her portrait of the London streets, are all first-rate....she has produced a consistently entertaining, amusing and enlightening novel - what more can one ask?”
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 “…written with insight, intelligence and style, a highly engaging and entertaining read with a complex plot and a cast of believable and mostly loveable characters."
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD (Book of the Week)

 

 

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