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Oh my word, this book is almost impossibly good! I really cannot express how much I adored it. Imogen Hermes Gower's writing summons up such a beautiful recreation of Georgian London that I felt truly immersed in the time. The historical detail is sumptuous and meticulously researched, yet always fascinating and integral to the story telling.The characters are exquisitely well drawn and feel so authentic that it's hard to remember that they are fictional. I found myself thinking about them when I wasn't listening to the book and I have felt bereft at having to say goodbye to them since finishing it. The story is entertaining, engaging and very thought provoking and has given me a real desire to find out more about the lives of courtesans of that era. The book is brimming with gorgeous details of the clothing, furnishings and food of the time yet it doesn't shrink from showing some of the harsher realities of Georgian life, particularly for female sex workers.
Juliet Stevenson's narration is peerless and she brings all of the characters to life so vividly that it is almost as though you are watching the story played out rather than just hearing it. The combination of superb narrator and story makes this one of the best audiobooks I have listened to and one which will stay with me for a very long time. I am already looking forward to the pleasure of listening to it again.
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