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Life Mask | [Emma Donoghue]

Life Mask

Lord Derby - unhappily married and the richest as well as the ugliest man in the House of Lords - is the relentless suitor of England's reigning queen of comedy, Eliza Farren. His chief rival is the aristocratic widow Anne Damer, a sculptor who, as the rumor has it, loves women. Set in parliament, on stage, the racetrack as well as the intimate salons of the Beau Monde, the bestselling author of Slammerkin evocatively brings to life a world where everyone wears a mask.
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In a time of approaching war and terrorism, spectacular wealth and financial disasters, the private world of three famous Londoners becomes a public scandal. Lord Derby - unhappily married and the richest as well as the ugliest man in the House of Lords - is the relentless suitor of England's reigning queen of comedy, Eliza Farren. His chief rival is the aristocratic widow Anne Damer, a sculptor who, as the rumor has it, loves women.

Set in Parliament, on stage, the racetrack as well as the intimate salons of the Beau Monde, the best-selling author of Slammerkin evocatively brings to life a world where everyone wears a mask and where erotic liaisons prove as dangerous as political ones.

©2005 Emma Donoghue; (P)2008 Books On Tape

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