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Mrs Gulliver

Valerie Martin



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Serpent Books
28 May 2024
'Irresistible - a funny, sexy romp that's also smart, even wise' Kirkus starred review

' Pure elegance, subtlety and wit. A triumph of a novel' - Francesca Segal, author of Mother Ship

It is 1954, and prostitution is legal in the tropical haven that is Verona Island. Here, among gangsters and corrupt lawmen, Lila Gulliver runs a brothel that promises her exclusive clientele privacy and discretion. When nineteen-year-old Carita, beautiful and blind since birth, comes to her door seeking employment, Mrs Gulliver sees a business opportunity and takes a chance. Carita is mesmerising, sharp and a mystery to her employer, always holding herself at a distance.

One night, the son of a wealthy judge patronises Mrs Gulliver's establishment, immediately falling madly in love with Carita. This is Ian Drohan - young, idealistic and cushioned by wealth and family connections. Mrs Gulliver mistrusts him, and worries for Carita's future. Carita, on the other hand, is fearless, headstrong and a force of nature that Mrs Gulliver is always several steps behind.

A dazzling drama filled with sex, wry wit and literary references, Mrs Gulliver follows two women who have nothing to lose in their fight for agency on an island too ready to dismiss them.
Imprint:   Serpent Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Export/Airside
Dimensions:   Height: 214mm,  Width: 134mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   320g
ISBN:   9781805220480
ISBN 10:   1805220489
Pages:   304
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Valerie Martin is the author of eleven novels, including I Give It To You, Italian Fever and Property, which won the Women's Prize for Fiction. She has also written three collections of short fiction and Salvation, a biography of Saint Francis of Assisi. She has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as the Kafka Prize for Mary Reilly.

Reviews for Mrs Gulliver

I adore Valerie Martin, and Mrs Gulliver is no exception. Pure elegance, subtlety and wit. A triumph of a novel -- Francesca Segal, author of Mother Ship Irresistible - a funny, sexy romp that's also smart, even wise * Kirkus starred review * Praise for Valerie Martin -- : Martin's writing is a reward in itself, a wonderful precision-tool. She uses it to chisel at the human condition - and the effect is astonishing * Financial Times * Valerie Martin is a fleet-footed writer; you never quite know where she'll go next * Observer * Martin writes with amplitude, precision, grace and wit -- Margaret Atwood

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