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Product Details

Supply Source
South Africa


Marina Fiorato
Paperback / softback
Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Number of Pages
234 x 155 x 27mm (420g)


A dark, gripping story of love and obsession from bestselling author Marina Fiorato.

London, 1853.

Annie Stride is a beautiful, flame-haired young woman from the East End of London. She is also a whore. On a bleak January night Annie stands on Waterloo Bridge, watching the icy waters of the Thames writhe beneath her as she contemplates throwing herself in. At the last minute she's rescued by a handsome young man.

Her saviour, Francis Maybrick Gill, is a talented artist. He takes Annie as his muse, painting her again and again and transforming her from a fallen woman into society's darling, taking her far away from her old life.

But there is darkness underpinning Annie's lavish new lifestyle. In London and in Florence, prostitutes are being murdered. There's someone out there who knows who Annie really is - and they won't let her forget where she came from...


General Subject
BISAC Subject 1
Fiction / Historical
BIC Classification 1
Historical fiction

Author Bio

Marina Fiorato is half-Venetian. She was born in Manchester and raised in the Yorkshire Dales. She is a history graduate of Oxford University and the University of Venice, where she read for a master's degree in Shakespeare. After university she studied art and worked in the film and music industries, creating visuals for U2, The Rolling Stones and the Queen musical We Will Rock You. Her novels Daughter of Siena and Beatrice & Benedick were shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Association Historial Fiction Award. Marina was married on the Grand Canal and lives in north London with her husband, son and daughter. You can find out more about Marina and her writing at and follow her on Twitter @marinafiorato

Review Quotes

Praise for Marina Fiorato:

Wonderful . . . hard to put down. A truly imaginative piece, both touching and delightful. - Jenny Agutter

Fiorato has written a delightful, if undemanding, adventure story. Our heroine is feisty, the captain is dashing and the plot rollicks along. Great fun. - Times

Richly detailed and evocative . . . an unforgettable historical love story. Beautifully written and worth losing yourself in. - Candis Magazine

In Marina Fiorato's beautifully imagined novel, these two witty, fierce characters once again get to take centre stage . . . Not only does she fill out the details of the protagonists' lives, transforming them into characters with backgrounds, histories and contexts, but she creates meaningful and inventive narratives that inform the play . . . this book is a real pleasure. - We Love this Book/Bookseller

Captures the scents, passion and vigour of Italy - Books Quarterly

Entertaining and witty - Daily Mail

Fiorato creates her own masterpiece - Booklist

A great read - Best