Clairmont (Hardback)
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Clairmont (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages
Published: 29/02/2024
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**The spellbinding, bold new retelling of the story of Lord Byron and the Shelleys, from the perspective of Claire Clairmont, the incredible woman that history tried to forget.**

'Beautifully written, Clairmont tells the sensuous hidden story of an influential historic woman.' Sara Sheridan, author of The Fair Botanists Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year

'An absorbing, intoxicating page-turner about a woman who deserves to be remembered.' Jennifer Saint, author of Ariadne and Atalanta

'Riveting - a clever portrait of a fascinating, flawed heroine.'The Times

'An intimate and enlightening tale of one of Romanticism's forsaken muses - an artfully told story that lingers in the mind far beyond the last page' Susan Stokes-Chapman, author of Pandora

1816. A massive volcanic eruption has caused the worst storms that Europe has seen in decades, yet Percy and Mary Shelley have chosen to visit the infamous Lord Byron at his villa on Lake Geneva. It wasn't their idea: Mary's eighteen year old step-sister, Claire Clairmont, insisted.

But the reason for Claire's visit is more pressing than a summer escape with the most famous writers in the world. She's pregnant with Byron's child - a child Byron doesn't want, and scarcely believes is his own.

Claire has the world in her grasp. This trip should have given her everything she ever dreamed of. But within days, her life will be in ruins.

History has all but forgotten her story - but she will not be silenced.

Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781035400249
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 640 g
Dimensions: 236 x 162 x 40 mm


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Beautifully written, Clairmont tells the sensuous hidden story of an influential historic woman. - Sara Sheridan

A novel that captures feverish infatuation, devastating betrayal and the glimpse of a legendary moment in history; Clairmont is an absorbing, intoxicating page-turner about a woman who deserves to be remembered. - Jennifer Saint

Riveting - a clever portrait of a fascinating, flawed heroine. - The Times

Clairmont is an intimate and enlightening tale of one of Romanticism's forsaken muses - artfully told in beautiful prose, a story that lingers in the mind far beyond the last page - Susan Stokes-Chapman

A sensitive, beautifully told fictionalisation that gives a voice to one of literature's greatest muses. - Laura Shepperson

A must-read. McDowell brings Claire to vivid, embodied life; a flirtatious, flawed woman fighting for her place in a man's world. - The Herald

Clairmont is a fascinating journey into the dark underbelly of Romanticism. I was gripped, horrified and enlightened - and in awe of a woman who risked such pain and sorrow to 'mix in the throng' - Meg Clothier

Clairmont is a beautifully written unveiling of a character who deserves to be as remembered as Byron and Shelley. A delightfully haunting gem of a story. - L R Lam

A must for all lovers of historical fiction. Clairmont is a true-life story of hope, passion, and regrets with Claire Clairmont (step sister of the writer Mary Shelley) enduring against all odds after an ill-starred affair with the poet, Byron. - Essie Fox

A spellbinding retelling - The Scots Magazine

Lesley McDowell launches her new novel Clairmont

Lesley McDowell launches her new novel Clairmont

Glasgow - Sauchiehall Street
Thursday 29th February 19:00

Come and joining Glasgow author Lesley McDowell as she launches her third novel, Clairmont. Claire Clairmont – the incredible woman that history tried to forget. But in the year that will mark the 200 year anniversary of Lord Byron's death, Claire will finally find her voice, and tell her side of the story of that fateful Geneva trip.

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“Spotlight on Claire for a change”

Lesley McDowell uses three timelines to tell Claire Clairmont’s story but it’s the first that informs them all. In a cottage on the shores of Lake Geneva, eighteen-year-old Claire is staying with her slightly older... More

Hardback edition
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“Beautiful writing”

This book tells the story of Clare clairmont who was the muse of Lord baron and shelley. She was also the sister of Mary shelley.
There are lots of tales of their exploits in Europe and their very unconventional and... More

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