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The Mesmerist

Number 1 in series

By Barbara Ewing

  • Paperback
  • £8.99

A captivating, rich historical novel set in nineteenth-century Bloomsbury.

London, 1838: the controversial practice of Mesmerism, with its genuine practitioners and its fraudulent chancers, has hypnotised the city. Miss Cordelia Preston, a beautiful, ageing, out-of-work actress terrified of returning to the poverty of her childhood, suddenly emerges as a Lady Phreno-Mesmerist. In her candle-lit Bloomsbury basement she learns to harness her talent - and to finally look towards the future.

But success is fragile when you have a past filled with secrets. On a wintry, moonlit night a body is found in Bloomsbury Square, and what began as an audacious subterfuge erupts into a scandal. Cordelia's past is revealed, bringing not only heartache but terror - and the mystery of a cloaked figure who waits for her in the shadowy London streets.

Biographical Notes

Barbara Ewing is a New Zealand-born actress and author who lives in London. She has a university degree in English and Maori and won the Bancroft Gold Medal at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. www.barbaraewing.com

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9780751537604
  • Publication date: 15 May 2008
  • Page count: 400
  • Imprint: Sphere
Mesmerically gripping — Sainsbury’s MAGAZINE
The enormous spirit of the characters and overriding sense of fun gives this book warmth and appeal — Waterstone’s Books Quarterly
Written with insight, intelligence and style, a highly engaging and entertaining read with a complex plot and a cast of utterly believable characters — SYDNEY Morning HERALD
A good-humoured saga — SUN HERALD
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