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Trades of the Flesh by [Booth, Faye L.]
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Praise for "Trades of the Flesh"
"A decidedly dark peek in the flip side of gentility." "--Booklist
""Booth isn't afraid to delve into the dark underbelly of Victorian society...a fascinating read."
--Historical Novel Society

A decidedly dark peek in the flip side of gentility. "Booklist"

Booth isn't afraid to delve into the dark underbelly of Victorian society a fascinating read. "Historical Novel Society""

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Preston, 1888: as the century draws to a close, the prostitute murders in London have made young Lydia Ketch’s ‘trade’ a political issue. Lydia, the tough but optimistic daughter of a former workhouse inmate, has spent a year working in the ‘introduction house’ of Kathleen Tanner, a job that has given her an income few others could match. When Lydia meets Henry Shadwell, a young surgeon with a passionate interest in biology, the two develop an instant – and non-professional – bond. And Henry soon enlists Lydia’s help in his underground sidelines; first as a model for pornographic photography; then as an assistant in procuring corpses for medical experimentation. With the dangers of her own line of work becoming clearer by the day, and her newfound delight in her own sexuality burgeoning, Lydia becomes disillusioned with her life as a prostitute. And it soon become clear that her trade – and Henry’s – are even more dangerous than either had imagined. Trades of the Flesh is a gripping novel about the body and its desires, from a precocious voice in historical fiction.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 692 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan New Writing (23 Nov. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230743412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230743410
  • ASIN: B004E9T0MM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #243,405 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Having thoroughly enjoyed Faye L Booth's debut novel, Cover the Mirrors, I was very excited to read Trades of the Flesh. I think I actually liked this one even more, due to a stronger, more lively protagonist.

Like her debut novel, Faye L Booth's second novel Trades of the Flesh, centres around a young woman trying to make a life for herself in Victorian Preston. However, the two protagonists are very different in personality and lead very different lives. Lydia Ketch is a prostitute, and Booth handles this controversial and difficult subject skilfully. She doesn't patronise the reader by attempting to delivery some kind of moral message, nor does she glamorise prostitution by presenting it as an easy and safe way of life. Lydia is not ashamed of her profession, but neither is she entirely satisfied with it, knowing that her looks and luck will not last forever.

Trades of the Flesh is the story of Lydia's struggle to find independence and security. Although a key plotline does involve a developing romantic relationship, unlike conventional romantic historical novels marriage to a sympathetic and understanding man is not the kind of security Lydia is looking for. Lydia herself, and not her romantic relationship (complex and thrilling though it is), is the main focus of this novel; her independence and creative talents remain her goals throughout.

Dealing with themes of pornography, grave robbing and autopsies as well as prostitution, this book is not for the easily offended. It is, however, not as racy or sensational as the cover or blurb might have you believe. These controversial issues are dealt with matter of factly, evidently well-researched, without being objectified or exaggerated for the sake of glamour.

Highly recommended for anyone who likes strong heroines, isn't afraid of dark and adult themes, and doesn't believe that romance is all about getting married and having babies.
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Different from the usual fantasy i read but this was well worth purchasing. Strong female characters who i empathized with and wanted to succeed in their endeavors. Its not actually that heavily sexualized despite taking place in a brothel and you get a sense of females having to exploit their bodies to survive - but not pitying themselves for it. A well written and interesting read. Recommended!
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Sex, detection, sex, intrigue, sex, romance ... That this is a book about flesh for sale, the title and the cover tell us from the start. You could be forgiven for mistaking it for porn, which it isn't, far from it. This story leads us into the world of nineteenth century prostitution, and immediately plunges into a fast-paced narrative about the other body-trades - titillating pictures and the theft of corpses for dissection - ultimately developing, remarkably, into quite a convincing love story. The historical research seems authentic but it is never dwelled on. Instead, this is an exciting tale of one young woman's heroic survival against the odds. Like her protagonist Lydia, author Faye Booth doesn't waste time on coy descriptions. The sex is frank, open and matter-of-fact, as much a part of the characters' lives as grinding poverty, early death and gin. There's a lot to like in a story that deals with fornication for money without shame or guilt but still keeps a kind of innocence. It's a good, easy read that will make you think about buying another one by the same author.
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Multi genre books are becoming more popular these days and none will appeal to quite so many as this novel by Faye. Trades of the Flesh has elements that will grab readers from here to eternity and whilst the core of the novel is the romance between the two principle cast members there's a touch of crime, a dash of literotica and bound together by a historical fiction romance. It's a pretty impressive combination that few will even delve into let alone attempt to weave together. Whilst the story arc in itself is a bit on the weak side what the author really does well is bind her leading man and lady into an arc that makes them not on fascinating but a couple that you want to hang around to see how their tale pans out. It's a bit on the silly side in places but anyone that can create characters that you want to spend so much time with really has to be congratulated. I'll definitely keep an eye on Faye's other novels purely for the entertainment. Come for the Cast stay for the arc.
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the characters are nice but it's a bit too long and not detailed enough when it comes to the characters or the plot, however the plot is interesting and will keep you interested. If you want something erotic this isn't for you.
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As you would expect with the main character as a prostitute, sex is a dominate part of this novel. The sex scenes are very well written and frequent throughout which is all well and good but it left little room for an actual plot. There were four story lines, three of which were rather weak. The strongest being the doctors relationship with Lydia. I wouldn't call it romantic but it was pretty realistic. Well as realistic as it can be between a prostitute and a doctor! There was also a side plot with her friend which didn't amount to much after a couple of chapters. Lydia's sister also frequented the book and although it went down the right path for me, it wasnt developed enough. I think the worst plot in the book was the grave robbing. I wanted everything to go wrong and to watch the demise of the main characters.. All in all a book that filled my weekend and initially showed promise but left me feeling a bit robbed in the end.
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