Life Mask

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624 pages Canada
ISBN: 9781443406956
Author: Emma Donoghue
Language: English
Publisher: Harper Collins
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Synopsis

The Honourable Mrs. Damer is a young widow of eccentric tastes, the only female sculptor of her time. The Earl of Derby, inventor of the horse race that bears his name, is the richest man in the House of Lords-and the ugliest. Miss Eliza Farren, born a nobody, now reigns as the Queen of Comedy at Drury Lane Theatre.

In a time of looming war and terrorism, of glittering spectacle and financial disasters, the wealthy liberals of the Whig Party work to topple a tyrannical prime minister and a lunatic king. Their marriages and friendships stretch or break; political liaisons prove as dangerous as erotic ones.

Will Eliza Farren ever gain entry to that elite circle that calls itself the World? Can Lord Derby's pride endure public mockery of his long, unconsummated courtship of the actress? And how is Anne Damer ever to silence the whispers of Sapphism that haunt her?

Let the games begin . . .

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Emma Donoghue

Born in Dublin in 1969, Emma Donoghue is a novelist, screenwriter and playwright who lives in Canada. Her novel Room won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Canada/Caribbean) and was shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes, selling more than two million copies. Donoghue scripted the Canadian-Irish film of Room which was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Her fiction (short and long) ranges from the contemporary (Stir-fry, Hood, Landing, Touchy Subjects, Akin) to the historical (Slammerkin, The Sealed Letter, Astray, Frog Music).  Donoghue’s books for young readers are The Lotterys Plus One and The Lotterys More Or Less. Her novel, The Wonder, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

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