Petite Mort

Beatrice Hitchman

Petite Mort

Scandal, intoxication and lies flourish in the silent film studios of Paris. A silent film, destroyed in a fire in 1913, before it was seen even by its director. A lowly seamstress, who makes the costumes she should be wearing, but believes her talent - and the secret she keeps too - will get her a dressing room of her own. A beautiful house in Paris, with a curving staircase, a lake, and locked rooms. A famous - and dashing - creator of spectacular cinematic illusions, husband to a beautiful, volatile actress, the most adored icon of the Parisian studios. All fit together, like scenes in a movie. And as you will see, this plot has a twist we beg you not to disclose... 3.8 out of 5 based on 2 reviews
Petite Mort

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Classification Fiction
Genre General Fiction
Format Hardcover
Pages 288
RRP
Date of Publication March 2013
ISBN 978-1846689062
Publisher Serpent's Tail
 

Scandal, intoxication and lies flourish in the silent film studios of Paris. A silent film, destroyed in a fire in 1913, before it was seen even by its director. A lowly seamstress, who makes the costumes she should be wearing, but believes her talent - and the secret she keeps too - will get her a dressing room of her own. A beautiful house in Paris, with a curving staircase, a lake, and locked rooms. A famous - and dashing - creator of spectacular cinematic illusions, husband to a beautiful, volatile actress, the most adored icon of the Parisian studios. All fit together, like scenes in a movie. And as you will see, this plot has a twist we beg you not to disclose...

Reviews

The Guardian

John O'Connell

Complex and cerebral, Petite Mort is softened by beautifully drawn characters, lightly drizzled period detail and an abiding suspicion that love and cinema might be part of the same illusion.

06/04/2013

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The Financial Times

David Evans

While it is perhaps too coy about its thriller aspects, Petite Mort is an impressive and enjoyable debut: nimble, deft, and wrapped luxuriously in the velveteen glamour of the movies.

17/04/2013

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