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Essie Fox

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Essie Fox is the author of The Somnambulist and Elijah's Mermaid, both of which are dark Victorian novels.

Before taking up writing, Essie worked as an illustrator designing greetings cards, gift wrap and decorative ceramics. Before that she worked in a Dickensian office in Bloomsbury's Museum Street, employed as an editorial assistant by the publishers, George Allen & Unwin. So, in a way, it almost feels as if she has come full circle, returning to her very first love, which is the world of books.

Born and raised in Herefordshire, Essie now divides her time between Bow in East London and Windsor.

Essie Fox recommends

The Sultan's Wife (2012)
(Moroccan, book 3)
Jane Johnson
"Imagine the darkest 'Arabian Tale' combined with Tremain's glorious Restoration."

The Sacred River (2013)
Wendy Wallace
"Exquisitely written. A haunting and mystical story of three women who search for freedom, whether in Victorian England or the tombs of ancient Egypt."

The Bird's Child (2015)
Sandra Leigh Price
"A shimmering dream of haunted pasts. A silver girl. Abandoned boys. All the magic of the stage. The Bird's Child is a delight."

The Ornatrix (2016)
Kate Howard
"A historical novel in the old fashioned style... deliciously complex and intelligent."

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley (2017)
Hannah Tinti
"Exceptional... a tender work of art exposing the universal needs of men to survive, to love, and grieve - whether their fate is cast in stars, or submerged beneath the surface... a sure-fire hit with characters I came to love."

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