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, The Foundling is suffused with the squalor and inequality of the Georgian metropolis. Boasting Halls’s keen eye for evocative historical detail and exquisitely structured narrative, this is another mesmerising novel from a hugely exciting talent.
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.
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 484 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 35 mm
'Enjoyable and atmospheric.' - The Times
'Stacey Halls tells a pacy, colourful tale in elegant prose' - The Express
'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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It was hard for Stacey Halls to follow the incredible success of her first novel “ Familiars” . I myself can definitely assure you the readers that “ Foundling “ is as good as the first one or even better.
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I loved, “”The Familiars, so when I discovered a new book by Stacey Halls I was overjoyed. What can I say...it did not disappoint.
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