The Bounce

The Bounce

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The Bounce is a masterpiece of lion-taming, cross-dressing, lost mothers and lost innocence, set in the glamorous and squalid world of the Victorian circus. Nineteen-year-old Nathan sails the Atlantic in search of the mother who abandoned him. He takes a job as a lion-tamer in a circus south of the Thames, where he meets Lulu, a celebrated rope-dancer with secrets; Nan, the orange-girl, haunted by her dead son and his menacing father; Queen, the lion on whom everything rests, and, at last, his mother - or is she his mother, after all? Like Bone House, The Bounce is pacy, darkly Gothic and powerfully evocative, but its setting and the characters elevate it to a new level: literary historical fiction at its spine-tingling, compelling bestshow more

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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 126 x 193 x 30mm | 347g
  • Headline Publishing Group
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747272263
  • 9780747272267

About Betsy Tobin

Betsy Tobin was born in the American Midwest and emigrated to England in 1989. A journalist, playwright and prize-winning short story author, Betsy lives in London with her husband and four children. The Bounce is her second novel; her first, the acclaimed Bone House, is also published by more

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