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Giacomo Casanova arrives in England in the summer of 1763 at the age of thirty-eight, seeking a respite from his restless travels and liaisons. But the lure of company proves too hard to resist and the dazzlingly pretty face of young Marie Charpillon even harder. Casanova’s pursuit of this elusive bewitcher drives him from exhilaration to despair and to attempt to reinvent himself in the roles of labourer, writer and country squire. Based on a little-known episode in Casanova’s life, this is a scintillating, poignant, often comic portrait of a far more complex figure than legend suggests and of the decadent society in which he operated.

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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 18th July 2019

Price: £19.99

ISBN-13: 9781529361162


A full-bodied yet razor-sharp novel
The Spectator
Another sparkling and lavishly detailed tale ... Miller is an extraordinarily confident writer of historical fiction
The Times
Exquisite ... Miller's elegant prose is laced with luxurious imagery and wry humour
Daily Telegraph
I was thoroughly amused, stimulated, entertained and instructed by the whole book ... I don't think I've read anything which has brought 18th-century London so powerfully to life ... brilliantly acute
Jonathan Coe
His writing is vivid, precise and constantly surprising. I was absolutely captivated by it ... I wish I'd written it
Hilary Mantel