Kitty Aldridge's The Wisdom of Bones is a phantasmagoria of the exotic that brings history alive in exuberant prose.
A brilliant entwining of two stories: a Victorian showman and an infamous C.18th French dwarf. Both of them yearn for love; in both cases it will be their downfall. A highly ambitious novel, written in an utterly original voice. The Wisdom of Bones is unlike anything I've read in a long time: a real tour de force from a supremely talented writer.
Kitty Aldridge is a real discovery, a writer of precision, delicacy and wit.
If literary London can lionise Zadie Smith, it should pay Kitty Aldridge the same compliment. She has star quality
One of the most talented prose writers I have read in years
The novel is mostly told in Percy's idiosyncratic voice . . . it is an entertaining tale of ambition and the urge to be different.
Kitty Aldridge has a nimble and exotic imagination, and in The Wisdom of Bones all her gifts are on display. Written in sentences of stark and evocative precision, and intertwining two poignant tales to startling effect, this novel has the fascination of a cabinet of curiosities magically brought to life. A regular marvel.