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Publication date
1st October 2018



Extent (number of pages)
450 (tbc)



UK, Europe & BC ex Can

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Author Edward Carey


Based on the incredible life story of the world’s most famous wax sculptor, Marie Tussaud.

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Based on the incredible life story of the world’s most famous wax sculptor, Marie Tussaud.
Born Marie Grosholtz in 1761 in Alsace but known as ‘Little’ in the novel for her diminutive size, Marie started out in the household of Dr Philippe Curtius in Berne, Switzerland . A physician skilled in creating anatomical wax models, it was Curtius who taught Tussaud the art of wax modelling and took her to pre-revolutionary France.
At the age of 17, Marie became the art tutor to King Louis XVI’s sister, Madame Elisabeth, at Versailles. During the French Revolution she was imprisoned and narrowly escaped execution. She cast the heads of many of those who were not so lucky… She married François Tussaud in 1795 and later moved to London, where she set up her world-famous waxworks museum.
Far from being a chamber of horrors, Edward Carey’s telling of Marie’s story is an affecting and exuberant Dickensian tale crossing countries and covering a tumultuous period in history, through the eyes of a cast of quirky and sympathetic characters. It is an unconventional love story, the tale of a woman’s rise to success against the odds, and a hymn to the strange beauty of the human body.
Bonus Material
Listen to Edward talking about characters and illustrations
Edward Carey

Meet the author

Novelist, visual artist and playwright. He has written and produced several plays. His debut novel OBSERVATORY MANSIONS (with author’s illustrations) is sold in 14 countries and was described by John Fowles as ‘proving the potential brilliance of the novel form’. Born in England, he teaches at the U…

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