An Almond for a Parrot by WRAY DELANEY

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This novel is, above all, an irresistible erotic fairytale. Those who know Gardner’s YA novel Tinder (based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Tinderbox”) will marvel again at the soaring flights of her imagination.
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In prison, accused of murder, Tully Truegood begins to write her life story. A story that takes her from a young girl in the backstreets of 18th century London to her stepmother Queenie's Fairy House--a place where decadent excess is a must.Trained by Queenie to become a courtesan, and by Mr. Crease--a magician who sees that Tully holds similar special powers to his own--Tully soon becomes the talk of the town.But as Tully goes on a journey of sexual awakening, she falls in love with one of her clients and the pleasure soon turns to pain. Especially when the estranged husband she was forced to marry by her father suddenly seeks her out. Now Tully is awaiting her trial for murder, for which she expects to hang...and her only chance of survival is to get her story to the one person who might be able to help her.Delaney's incredible tale of a young woman's journey out of the depths of despair is shocking, haunting and evocative. Part historical fiction and part magical realism, this juicy, jaw-dropping story will linger long after the last page is turned.
 

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Wray Delaney is the pseudonym for author Sally Gardner. In 2013, Sally Gardner's brilliant, dark YA fable Maggot Moon won both the Costa Children's Book Prize and the Carnegie Medal. It has been a worldwide phenomenon, translated into 22 languages. Sally's unique mix of history, fairy tale and magic realism are the hallmarks of her earlier novels, Tinder, The Double Shadow, The Red Necklace (shortlisted for the 2007 Guardian Book Prize), The Silver Blade, and her debut novel I, Coriander. Her books have sold over 2 million copies worldwide, to consistent critical acclaim.
 
Published March 1, 2017 by MIRA. 400 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Erotica. Fiction
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Reviewed by Rowan Pelling on Nov 10 2016

This novel is, above all, an irresistible erotic fairytale. Those who know Gardner’s YA novel Tinder (based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Tinderbox”) will marvel again at the soaring flights of her imagination.

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