Life Mask

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The bestselling author of Slammerkin vividly brings to life the Beau Monde of late eighteenth-century England, turning the private drama of three celebrated Londoners into a robust, full-bodied portrait of a world on the brink of revolution. In a time of looming war, of glittering spectacle and financial disasters, the wealthy liberals of the Whig Party work to topple a tyrannical prime minister and a lunatic king. Marriages and friendships stretch or break; political liaisons prove as dangerous as erotic ones; and everyone wears a mask. Will Eliza Farren, England's leading comedic actress, gain entry to that elite circle that calls itself the World? Can Lord Derby, the inventor of the horse race that bears his name, endure public mockery of his long, unconsummated courtship of the actress? Will Anne Damer, a sculptor and rumored Sapphist, be the cause of Eliza's fall from grace?
This is a remakable novel in the tradition of the very best historical fiction.

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Paperback. Pub Date :2005-9-1 Pages: 620 Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt The bestselling author of Slammerkin vividly brings to lifethe Beau Monde of late eighteenth-century England. turning theprivate drama of three celebrated Londoners into a robust. full-bodied portrait of a world on the brink of revolution In atime of looming war. of glittering spectacle and financialdisasters. the wealthy liberals of the Whig Party work to topple atyrannical prime minister and a lunatic king Marriages andfriendships stretch or break;.. political liaisons prove as dangerousas erotic ones;. and everyone wears a mask Will Eliza Farren. Englands leading comedic actress. gain entry to that elite circlethat calls itself the World Can Lord Derby. the inventor of thehorse race that bears his name. endure public mockery of his long. unconsummated courtship of the actress Will Anne Damer. a ...

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A love story. A gamble. A battle. Let the games begin.

It's an era of looming war, and the erosion of freedom in the name of national security. A time of high art and big business, trashy spectacles and financial disasters. Celebrities are hounded by journalists, who serve up private passions alongside public crises. Marriages stretch or break, and so do friendships; political liaisons prove as dangerous as erotic ones. In Parliament, on stage, in the bedroom, at the race track, round the dinner table, old loyalties are wrenched by the winds of change. The World - as elite calls itself - is fighting to survive these chaotic times.

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