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Wise Childrenby Angela Carter
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Wise Children follows the fortunes of the Chance twins, Dora and Nora, taking in the story of their show business family — the Hazards — over the past century. Born illegitimately, spurned by their father Melchior and brought up by their landlady, Mrs Chance, Dora and Nora learn to dance, and begin to forge a career, “two girls pounding the boards”. After the post-war decline of their careers they are reduced to performing in nude revues, while the latest generation of Hazards rise to fame as stars of television. Angela Carter's witty and bawdy new novel celebrates the magic of over a century of show business.
"One of the century's best writers." Sunday Times (UK)
Shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize and "The Sunday Express" Book of the Year Award, this is a comic and bawdy tale of the tangled fortunes of two theatrical families. It is populated with sets of twins and mistaken identities, and spans more than a century of showbusiness.
About the Author
Angela Carter was born in 1940. She read English at Bristol University, and was Creative Writing Fellow at Sheffield University from 1976-78. She also lived and worded in Japan, the United States and Australia.
Carter’s first novel was Shadowdance, published in 1965. Many of her books have won awards including The Magic Toyshop (1967, John Llewellyn Rhys Prize), Several Perceptions (1968 Somerset Maugham Prize), and Nights at the Circus (James Tait Memorial Prize). She also wrote theree volumes of short stories (now collected as Burning Your Boats), scripts for Radio, and The Sadeian Woman: An Exercise in Cultural History.
Angela Carter died in 1992.
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