‘Thrilling, eerie, fun, and psychologically compelling, Tussaud cleverly blurs the line between history and the fantastical to create a Gothic delight of mysterious mansions, grimy London streets, stage magicians, wax-work automatons, secrets and subterfuges. MARY SHELLEY WOULD BE PROUD.’—H.G. Parry, author of The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep
The reclusive Lord Willian Cavendish invites Marie Tussaud and Philidor to his rambling estate, Welbeck, where he suggests they take up residence, use his underground ballroom for a new show and in return make a human-sized wax automaton for him. In a novel with echoes of Shelley, Dickens, Du Maurier and Sarah Perry, Marie must fight for survival in a world dominated by male advantage and power.