Synopses & Reviews
Gripping historical fiction set in the murky underworld of late 19th century London. Faber is a highly saleble author with a huge following on both sides of the Atlantic. "This is an unputdownable book; there is no choice but to give in to this most unbelievably pleasurable of narrative rides" "The Times". Film rights have recently been sold to a major Hollywood studio, which will give book sales a massive boost.
Sugar, a 19-year-old whore in the brothel of Mrs Castaway, yearns for a better life. Her ascent through the strata of 1870s London society offers the reader a host of characters. At the heart of the story, however, is a young woman's struggle to lift her body and soul out of the gutter.