Madame Burova (Paperback)
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Madame Burova (Paperback)

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Paperback 368 Pages
Published: 17/03/2022
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Brimming with warmth and beautiful storytelling, Madame Burova tells the story of a retiring clairvoyant, who is tired of keeping other people’s secrets but to whom fate nevertheless hands one more job.

Madame Burova - Tarot Reader, Palmist and Clairvoyant is retiring and leaving her booth on the Brighton seafront after fifty years.

Imelda Burova has spent a lifetime keeping other people's secrets and her silence has come at a price. She has seen the lovers and the liars, the angels and the devils, the dreamers and the fools. Her cards had unmasked them all and her cards never lied. But Madame Burova is weary of other people's lives, their ghosts from the past and other people's secrets, she needs rest and a little piece of life for herself. Before that, however, she has to fulfill a promise made a long time ago. She holds two brown envelopes in her hand, and she has to deliver them.

In London, it is time for another woman to make a fresh start. Billie has lost her university job, her marriage, and her place in the world when she discovers something that leaves her very identity in question. Determined to find answers, she must follow a trail which might just lead right to Madame Burova's door.

In a story spanning over fifty years, Ruth Hogan conjures a magical world of 1970s holiday camps and seaside entertainers, eccentrics, heroes and villains, the lost and the found. Young people, with their lives before them, make choices which echo down the years. And a wall of death rider is part of a love story which will last through time.

Publisher: John Murray Press
ISBN: 9781529373332
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 260 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 32 mm


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Praise for Madame Burova

Ruth Hogan is the queen of uplifting fiction and Madame Burova reminds us why. Each character is lovingly crafted, their stories beautifully and heartbreakingly woven into something magical. The writing crackles with humour and warmth whilst not being afraid to tackle the harsh realities of racism in the 1970s. It's the kind of story you want to devour greedily but then feel bereft that you won't get to spend more time with Imelda, Cillian, Billie, Treasure, and all the other glorious characters. I can't imagine a better book in which to lose yourself at the moment. Stunning, immersive and absolutely wonderful. - Annie Lyons

Woke up early to finish this breathtakingly beautiful story. Ruth Hogan's Madame Burova is absolutely wonderful. - Celia Anderson

A triumph! It's moving and entertaining and packed with surprises... When I look into my crystal ball I predict it's going to be a MASSIVE hit! - Matt Cain, author of The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle

Packed full of twists, turns and a wonderfully drawn cast of characters you won't forget, Madame Burova is a supremely uplifting tale of secrets, love and identity all written with Hogan's trademark warmth and humour. An absolute gem. - Mike Gayle

This is a novel that fascinates throughout its length. It's a novel that holds mysticism, accidental and deliberate secrets, and unrequited and lost love within Ruth Hogan's very able grasp. She has woven together many strands of storylines within a juxtaposition of time frames that she's fitted exquisitely together. She has created characters from different cultures and stations in society and melded them to form a very satisfying read. The Madame Burova of the title is an especially vivid portrayal of a woman who, because of her Romany roots and fortune-telling gifts, will always stand slightly outside the conventional normality of everyday life. It's mainly through her viewpoint that this story is told and it's told with humour and sadness and an understanding of the human condition. - Kit Fielding

Hogan loves offbeat and marginalised characters and so it's a typically kooky cast of seafront regulars: 1970s entertainers, Romany cardreaders and various rescue dogs who help Billie crack the mystery of her past. The 'Queen of Uplit' returns brilliantly to form with this gloriously good-natured novel. - Daily Mail

I loved discovering Brighton through the eyes of Billie and Imelda in Madame Burova. Ruth Hogan's beautiful characters stay with me and remind me of the importance of families - those we're born with and those dear friends who are our chosen family. An uplifting, shimmering novel. - Janet Skeslien Charles, author of The Paris Library

Blooming with wonderful, vibrant and charismatic characters. - Prima

Hogan doesn't hold back with her raw portrayal of the 1970s society arguably full of discrimination. She creates authenticity by learning how to read the tarot cards herself, taking heed from a real life medium. Clever plotting, characters that speak from the heart and an inquisitive subject make this the perfect staycation read. Ultimately a love story from the queen of up lit. Grab a deckchair and read away... - My Weekly

This is a delightful, uplifting and charming novel, full of wisdom and fun. Fans of Ruth's previous novels...will love it. - Daily Record

Praise for The Keeper of Lost Things

A joyful novel filled with warmth and wisdom. - The Daily Mail

A charming story of fresh starts and self-discovery that warms the cockles. - Woman & Home

Psychological realism, whimsy and magic are a winning combination in this quirky, exquisitely crafted novel... It's a charming read, perfect for the holidays: you will want to share it when you get home. - The Lady

Hogan's touching, funny and romantic debut is that rare and precious thing: a real story with brilliant characters. - Daily Mail

This mystical and spiritual tale is a joyous read that will broaden your imagination and warm your heart. - OK!

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“A magical book to revel in”

Another fantastic novel by Ruth Hogan. This story is set in Brighton, 1973 where Imelda Burova has taken over from her mother as a tarot reader and clairvoyant. Working in a booth and holiday park she has a genuine... More

Hardback edition
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“I liked it a lot”

I really enjoyed 'Madame Burova'! The story sucks you in from the very beginning, and I could have easily read it in one sitting. The descriptive writing really brought the characters and setting to life.... More

Hardback edition
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“Loved it!”

Absolutely loved this book, it is exactly the style of book I enjoy. The characters were well written and you really got to understand Imelda and Billie.
The story is set between two time periods, the early 1970s and... More

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