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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Burning Eye Books (17 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909136158
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909136151
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 683,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Melanie Clegg is a blue haired art history graduate, casual historian, GIN taster, lapsed goth, failed Parisienne, Versailles obsessive, proud Ripperologist, Georgette Heyer fanatic and Victorian Prostitute re-enactor who lives in deepest darkest Bristol with her family.


You can find out more by visiting Melanie's popular art, history and writing blog at www.madameguillotine.org.uk.

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Utterly gripping and compulsive reading from the first page. --Victoria Lamb, author of The Queen's Secret

A gripping tale of the French Revolution. --Catherine Delors, author of Mistress of the Revolution and For The King

Melanie Clegg draws readers into her world, and holds them fast. Her storytelling left me longing for more. --Susan Higginbotham, author of The Stolen Crown and The Queen of Last Hopes

Utterly gripping and compulsive reading from the first page. --Victoria Lamb, author of The Queen's Secret

A gripping tale of the French Revolution. --Catherine Delors, author of Mistress of the Revolution and For The King

About the Author

Melanie Clegg is a pink haired art history graduate, casual historian, gin taster, lapsed goth, failed Parisienne, Versailles obsessive, proud Ripperologist, Georgette Heyer fanatic and Victorian Prostitute re-enactor who lives in deepest darkest Bristol with her family but would rather be in either Whitechapel or Paris. Blood Sisters is her second novel.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BCT on 5 Feb. 2012
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Blood Sisters opening in a climactic and dramatic way, with Sidonie (the Comtess de Saint-Valèry) dragged from her family leaving her son and young daughters to find their own way in the world under the watchful eye of their father and less than ingratiating grandmère. As well as their personal struggle, France and the world are on the brink of huge political change, with the Revolution on its way and the sisters' lives are immediately in danger. The historical context of the novel is weaved into the narrative so cleverly that at no point did I feel the need to check out any of the facts but equally, I never felt like I was reading history book, which shows absolutely fantastic skill.

Every character is painted with care and detail, making them feel real and genuine and making me as the reader feel like I can, in some small part, understand their terrifying circumstances and the terror they're living through. All three sisters drew me to them in different ways but in the end, gentle Lucrèce was my favourite by far. Every single character encountered throughout the novel whether fictional or fictional representatives of historical figures feels completely real.
For someone who knew very little about the French Revolution, I was absolutely enthralled. The different narrative voices were key to creating a captivating and believable narrative and I would love to know what happened next to the characters who remain at the end of the novel. Loved it, more please!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs J J Jacobs on 16 Jan. 2013
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Really enjoyed this novel. Loved the relationship between the
Sisters and their journey. Thought the descriptions of Paris and the revolution were well researched and informative. Very moving and lovely book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Solitude on 4 Jan. 2013
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This story brings the revolution to life, it kept me engrossed and interested in the fates of the three sisters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Historical woman on 10 Nov. 2012
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I enjoyed reading this book as it gave a very good insight into how France was at that time during the revolution and just how bad it can get when people are so wound up with bringing down the Monarchy and people associated with it that it can turn ino a blood bath quite easily, It was well written. I am very interested in the history of the Monarchy both in the UK and abroad and this book fulfilled my expectatons of that time.Anyone who has a similar interest will enjoy this book too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Teddy on 28 Jan. 2013
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I didn't enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed her other book, "The secret diary of a princess" mainly because the printing was jumping about on the pages, making it hard and frustrating to read easily.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cookie girl on 7 Jun. 2012
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An excellent read, well written and keeps you enthralled throughout the book. Melanie Clegg has researched the history of the revolution well.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Robert Crickard on 9 Aug. 2011
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Blood Sisters has an exciting opening layered with undefined threatening menace that intrigues , ensnares and holds the reader. What will become of the narrator and her children? The historical detail is extensive, relevent but low key, bringing authenticity to to the fore. The prose is exemplary, brim-full of descriptive power and balanced vivacity, on each page. The pace is optimal, the characters are three dimensional players and most importantly, they are believably real. The dialogue, where it occurs, is logical and the plot does not meander or deviate but moves resolutely forward. One minor and personal quibble is that the title Blood Sisters is not a substantial enough title for a work of this quality but this certainly does not detract from the potency of the work. Robert Davidson. The Tuzla Run
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J.H. on 9 Aug. 2011
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Blood Sisters tells the story of three sisters caught up in the blood-drenched terror of the French Revolution.

Melanie Clegg's writing is lavish and detailed, a thousand tiny brush-strokes that speak of an imagination absolutely steeped in the period. Her feel for character is marvellous, with each sister as true, captivating and beautifully drawn as the others. The danger and terror each woman faces in her struggle to survive the social upheaval of the revolution feels utterly real, and quite disturbing at times. Not a read for the faint-hearted.

By turns funny, terrifying, gorgeous, poignant, this is a sweeping epic of the French Revolution ... if you love historical fiction, you will not be able to put Blood Sisters down.
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