The Foundling (Hardback)Stacey Halls (author), Lucy Rose Cartwright (illustrator,cover design/artwork), Patrick Knowles (illustrator,cover design/artwork)
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From the pulsating story of seventeenth-century witchcraft that formed Halls’s electrifying debut The Familiars to a compelling and poignant tale of motherhood, deception and loss in eighteenth-century London. Suffused with the squalor and inequality of the Georgian metropolis, The Foundling centres on the battle for six year old Clara, left at the capital’s Foundling Hospital and spirited away by a woman claiming to be her mother.
Six years after leaving her illegitimate daughter Clara at London's Foundling Hospital, Bess Bright returns to reclaim the child she has never known. Dreading the worst - that Clara has died in care - the last thing she expects to hear is that her daughter has already been reclaimed - by her. Her life is turned upside down as she tries to find out who has taken her little girl - and why. Less than a mile from Bess' lodgings in the city, in a quiet, gloomy townhouse on the edge of London, a young widow has not left the house in a decade. When her close friend - an ambitious young doctor at the Foundling Hospital - persuades her to hire a nursemaid for her daughter, she is hesitant to welcome someone new into her home and her life. But her past is threatening to catch up with her and tear her carefully constructed world apart.
From the bestselling author of The Familiars, and set against the vibrant backdrop of Georgian London, The Foundling explores families, secrets, class, equality, power and the meaning of motherhood.
Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 484 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 35 mm
'If you loved The Familiars, then you won't be disappointed by The Foundling. A gripping and moving read.' - Libby Page, bestselling author of The Lido
'Pacy, highly atmospheric and tantalisingly gripping from the very first page. The strands of tense and devastating maternal conflict are acutely observed and beautifully sustained throughout the book. Stacey really has created warm and memorable characters, drawn with great sympathy and understanding, who deliver a taut and riveting read. With rich storytelling and a compelling narrative, The Foundling is subtle, satisfying and intensely moving; a fabulous example of great historical fiction.' - Laura Carlin, author of The Wicked Cometh
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