It is 1718 and, in a small parish near Newcastle, Eliza Tally, a headstrong girl of 15, embarks on a reckless love affair that will prove her undoing. When her lover casts her off, denying their union, she is forced to travel to London, a city that attracts and alarms her in equal measure. There she takes up a position in the house of an apothecary, Grayson Black, whom she trusts to salvage what remains of her reputation.
From the highly-acclaimed author of The Great Stink comes a gloriously-written tale of consuming passions and obsessions. Set against the clamour and roar of eighteenth-century London, The Nature of Monsters brings vividly to life a world where the line separating science and madness is dangerously blurred, and where a single life counts for little in the relentless pursuit of progress.
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'A bodice-ripping, action-filled thriller' -- New Statesman
'Apothecaries, potions, mountebanks, monkeys and mutants ... there was no way I was ever going to put this down' -- Daily Telegraph
'Chilling, powerful and immensely satisfying. A triumph' -- Sunday Telegraph
'Utterly compelling ... a wonderfully gruesome Gothic tale' -- Metro
Clare Clark was born in London in 1967. She is married with two children and lives in London.
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