By the author of the acclaimed Brunelleschi's Dome.
After meeting the mysterious and beautiful Lady Beauclair at a society ball, George Cautley, a hapless young artist adrift in the gilded world of 1770s London, paints her portrait. She, in turn, tells him the scandalous story of Tristano, a castrato singer in Handel's opera company fifty years before. But Cautley also meets the eminent painter Sir Endymion Starker that same evening and his mistress, Eleanora, who has another tragic tale to tell, one that will have George unwittingly re-enacting the fate of Tristano...
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"Fleshes out wildly and deliciously the Rabelaisian goings-on of London's finest" ( Independent)
" Domino sends you spinning into [an] utterly convincing world" ( Evening Standard)
"As unnerving as a magician's cupboard" ( The Times)
"Evokes engrossingly and brilliantly the sights, smells, language and manners of late eighteenth-century London" (Charles Palliser, author of The Quincunx)
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'Delivers a seamless coup. It has the pace of a thriller and black humour slivered with superb menace...be sure to read it' - Spectator
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Book Description Vintage, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 99464551
Book Description Vintage, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0099464551