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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (28 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751540951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751540956
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 3.4 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Expect acrobatics and adversity Book of the Week, Fabulous magazine A gritty 19th-century thriller Daily Express This book will stay with you long after you've put it down Star magazine A real page-turner through which you will get both the smell of the greasepaint and the whiff of the crowd, most of whom seem intent on redecorating the interior of the Big Top with their tobacco spit. Highly recommended for fans of entertaining historical fiction lovelytreez.com blog

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The new novel from the author of The Mesmerist and The Fraud

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lovely Treez TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 July 2011
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This is Barbara Ewing's eighth novel but it's my first encounter with this extremely talented novelist. The Circus of Ghosts is a sequel to The Mesmerist (published in 2007) but can also be read as a stand-alone novel in which we leave behind Victorian London for the challenges of the New World.

Cordelia Preston is the headline act of Silas P Swift's circus, still performing acts of mesmerism although seances and clairvoyance are becoming de rigueur. Her daughter, Gwenlliam, is also part of the circus troupe, and they have surrounded themselves with an array of wild and wonderful characters who act as a sort of extended family. Their story is a veritable smorgasbord of American life in the 1840s, including such treats as the Californian Gold Rush, the Gangs of New York, the development of the daguerrotype, racial tensions and the Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace - all packed into 416 pages!

With so much going on, there is little room for fleshing out all of the characters but I was so focussed on the story, the spectacle, the show that I didn't really mind. Yes, it's a bit OTT at times (tis the circus after all) and yes, there are a quite a few coincidences but it's a fabulous romp across America, a real page-turner through which you will get both the smell of the greasepaint and the whiff of the crowd, most of whom seem intent on redecorating the interior of the Big Top with their tobacco spit...

Highly recommended for fans of entertaining historical fiction.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G Wilson on 21 Aug. 2011
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I am ordering her other novels as we speak, how have I not heard of this wonderful novelist before now! The way she describes new York in it's fledgling years - orchard street and the docks, broadway , battery park - the energy, the excitement, the possibilities all captured in this marvellous pageturer. The characters were so well drawn and so believable and I was saddened to leave cordelia, regina, arthur, gwen, frankie, la grande celine, Monsieur Roland and all the others as this wonderful novel ended. This book is a joy and I would recommend it as a great summer read
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By Maureen on 3 Feb. 2013
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Sequel to The Mesmerist this book captures the circus atmosphere whilst weaving a well researched narrative into the story. Having ancestors who emigrated to the USA in the mid 19th Century Barabar Ewing painted a vivid tapestry of what New York what New York must have been like to the new arrivals. An excellent book which entertains and informs.
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Having read all of Ms Ewings' previous books I was anticipating a good read and wasn't disappointed. Set (mostly) in late 1800's New York it gave a glimpse of life there then as well as the exciting adventures of Cordeiia et al. Barbara researches so well you can almost smell the city!
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I could not put this down, engrossing second book which gave everything it promised and more!!!! could be read alone but best read after the Mesmerist which set the scene and leaves the story on a real cliffhanger!! More of the same please
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