Petite Mort (Paperback)
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Petite Mort (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages
Published: 24/10/2013
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'Part Moulin Rouge, part Alfred Hitchcock' Grazia

'A sly, erotic thriller concerned with doubleness and duplicity' Guardian

Mesdames et Messieurs, presenting La Petite Mort, or, A Little Death ...

A silent film, destroyed in a fire in 1914 at the Pathé studio, before it was seen even by its director.

A lowly seamstress, who makes the costumes she should be wearing, but believes her talent - and the secret she keeps - will soon get her a dressing room of her own.

A famous and dashing creator of spectacular cinematic illusions - husband to a beautiful, volatile actress, the most adored icon of the Parisian studios.

All fit together, like scenes in a movie. One with a twist that will leave you breathless ...

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781846689079
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 240 g
Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 26 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

Sumptuous ... part Moulin Rouge, part Alfred Hitchcock - Grazia

There's a touch of Angela Carter about Beatrice Hitchman's beguiling debut - a sly, erotic thriller concerned with doubleness and duplicity - Guardian

Movie junkies will love this surprising and original novel ... the story winds itself in knots, then unravels deftly, providing a satisfactory judgment day for the sexy yet heartless central characters in a wholly unexpected ending - Daily Mail

An impressive and enjoyable debut: nimble, deft and wrapped luxuriously in the velveteen glamour of the movies. - David Evans, FT

Like the silver screen world Hitchman portrays, her writing shimmers, drawing you in with glamour and trickery. A fascinating, beguiling and wily debut - Katie Ward, author of Girl Reading

Compelling ... Hitchman's confident debut is a story about relationships and the risks we take to get what we want. Universal themes, beautifully explored. - Eden Carter Wood, Diva

Gorgeously written ... with a fantastic twist at the very end ... fascinating. - Rachel Glover, Image

Sumptuously set, elegantly written, evocative and quietly subversive - Stella Duffy

Fans of silent films and historical fiction will delight in this chocolate box of a novel which mixes love, lust and scandal with the stardust of 1900s Paris. - The Simple Things

An accomplished and assured debut ... a gently compelling tale - Lesley McDowell, Sunday Herald

The atmosphere is rich with sumptuous details ... striking ... This clever debut indicates a bright future for its author. - Max Liu, Independent

An astonishingly assured debut novel ... an expertly crafted story. - Anna Carey, Irish Times

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“Love, lust and intrigue”

Petite Mort - a silent film - is destroyed in a fire before it has been seen. This one incident is the culmination of a myriad of choices and tragedies that unfold in this atmospheric novel.

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