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The Corset

(2018)
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The new Victorian chiller from the author of Radio 2 Book Club pick The Silent Companions sees a teenage seamstress convinced she can control people's fates through the clothes she makes for them.

Dorothea and Ruth. Ruth and Dorothea.

Prison visitor and prisoner. Powerful and powerless.

Dorothea Truelove is young, wealthy and beautiful. Ruth Butterham is young, poor and awaiting trial for murder. When Dorothea is asked to visit Ruth as part of her charitable works, she could not be more delighted. Her first encounter with a murderer will provide the perfect opportunity to explore Dorothea's fascination with phrenology and test her theories that the shape of a person's skull can cast a light on their darkest crimes.

But the story Ruth has to tell - of bitterness and betrayal, of death and destruction - will shake Dorothea's belief in rationality and the power of redemption. Can Ruth be trusted? Is she mad or a murderer?

Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"A romping read with a deliciously dark conceit at its centre. Reminded me of Alias Grace. A worthy successor to The Silent Companions." - Kiran Millwood Hargrave

"Deliciously creepy and atmospheric with a gripping plot, this book will disturb your sleep. And I didn't see THAT ending coming." - Sarah J Harris

"An intriguing premise deftly executed, The Corset is genuinely thrilling." - Elizabeth Haynes

"With the skill of a born story teller Laura Purcell has crafted a tale as intricate and flawless as Ruth's stitches. By turns horrifying and humorous, The Corset is a darkly compelling, unsettling and fascinating book, where pseudo-science meets needlework in the most chilling and unexpected ways ... The Corset is the very best kind of gothic fiction. Reminiscent of Sarah Waters and Margaret Atwood, but uniquely and unmistakably Laura Purcell." - E S Thomson

"The Corset is a sharp-edged, emotionally freighted mystery, rooted in the pitch-black darkness of Victorian poverty. An intriguing, page-turning gothic tale of murder and the supernatural." - Sophia Tobin


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Hardback Editions

September 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Corset: The captivating new novel from the prize-winning author of The Silent Companions
Author(s): Laura Purcell
ISBN: 1-4088-8961-7 / 978-1-4088-8961-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Raven Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Corset: The captivating new novel from the prize-winning author of The Silent Companions
Author(s): Laura Purcell
ISBN: 1-4088-8952-8 / 978-1-4088-8952-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Raven Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


September 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Corset: The captivating new novel from the prize-winning author of The Silent Companions
Author(s): Laura Purcell
ISBN: 1-4088-8960-9 / 978-1-4088-8960-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Raven Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

November 2018 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: The Corset
Author(s): Laura Purcell
ISBN: 1-4894-6451-4 / 978-1-4894-6451-4 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda/Audible audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


November 2018 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: The Corset
Author(s): Laura Purcell
ISBN: 1-4894-6452-2 / 978-1-4894-6452-1 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda/Audible audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


October 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Corset
Author(s): Laura Purcell
Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
Availability: Amazon   


October 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Corset
Author(s): Laura Purcell
Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
Availability: Amazon AU   


October 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Corset
Author(s): Laura Purcell
Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

September 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Corset: The captivating new novel from the prize-winning author of The Silent Companions
Author(s): Laura Purcell
Publisher: Raven Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU