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by Liz Hyder
I’m always going on about why I love reading novels set in the 1800’s – because it was a time when anything was possible – including a human angel… If you enjoyed The Mermaid & Mrs Hancock, The Essex Serpent or Pandora, give The Gifts a go!
October 1840. A young woman staggers alone through a forest in Shropshire as – impossibly – a huge pair of wings rip themselves from her shoulders.
Meanwhile, when rumours of a ‘fallen angel’ cause a frenzy across London, a surgeon desperate for fame and fortune finds himself in the grips of a dangerous obsession, one that will place the women he seeks in the most terrible danger…
The Gifts is gripping and ambitious. It’s told from the perspective of five different characters – each assigned an illustration to denote their voice. Set against the luminous backdrop of nineteenth century London, science, nature and religion, enlightenment, the role of women in society and the dark danger of ambition are all explored.
a stirring tale of female empowerment, full of vivid imagery and evocative settings – The Guardian
Brimming with historical detail and beautifully written, the soulful prose soars. It’s an insightful, mysterious read celebrating female friendship and solidarity – Daily Express
A stirring tale of female empowerment, full of vivid imagery and evocative settings – Observer