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9781908313683
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ISBN
9781908313683

eBook ISBN
9781908313850

Publication date
14th July 2014

RRP
£8.99

Binding
PB B

Extent (number of pages)
240

Translator
Melanie Florence

Territory

Worldwide : Exclusive

BIC category
FA / FYT / FV

US publication date
14th July 2015

US RRP
$15.95

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The Poisoning Angel

(Fleur de Tonnerre)

Author Jean Teulé

£8.99

A shocking yet entertaining novel based on the story of real-life poisoner Hélène Jégado.

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Description

A shocking yet entertaining novel based on the story of real-life poisoner Hélène Jégado, one of the most notorious serial killers of all time.

Schooled in the ancient beliefs of the Breton people by her mother, the beautiful Hélène grows up feeling detached from the nineteenth-century world around her and yet destined for a terrible vocation: to do the work of the Ankou, death’s henchman.

Beginning with the demise of her very own maman, she leaves a trail of devastation with the special soups and cakes she makes – those who taste them never recover. Jean Teulé brings his unique blend of imagination and historical insight to a novel that is both an upbeat portrait of nineteenth-century provincial French life and a startling chronicle of a decades-long killing spree carried out by the most notorious female poisoner in history.

Reviews
– One of The Herald‘s Crime Books of 2014 —
‘There is much gallows humour, and a nice balance between the relentless killing and the humour. Tightly-written, fast-paced and a good read.’ We Love This Book
‘A strangely delightful novel about a real-life murderess who in Brittany in the first half of the nineteenth century poisoned over thirty people’ HistoricalNovels.com
‘Colourful and evocative … packed full of fascinating nuggets’ La Friction
Jean Teulé

Meet the author

Jean Teulé lives in the Marais area of Paris with his partner, the film actress Miou-Miou. An illustrator, filmmaker and television presenter, he is also the prize-winning author of more than ten books including one based on the life of Verlaine. He has also written biographies of Rimbaud and Franço…

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