PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO DEMAND OUR BOOK GROUP IS NOW TICKETED – PLEASE RESERVE YOUR PLACE BELOW OR IN STORE. WE CAN’T GUARANTEE ENTRY IF YOU HAVEN’T BOOKED!
We also have a NEW option to book a ticket plus a copy of the book with 10% off which we will set aside for you in store or post out to you depending on which option you choose at checkout.
January Book Group
Tuesday 29th January at Golden Hare Books, 6.30pm
by Edward Carey
We’re kicking off 2019 with a weird corker of a novel that reimagines the live of legendary waxworker Madame Toussaud from her roots as an orphan to the legend and friend of royalty and nobles, set against a backdrop of revolution. This novel reportedly took writer and illustrator Edward Carey fifteen years to complete and has been kicking up quite a bit of buzz in the book world. But what will you think?
“Don’t miss this eccentric charmer! Little, by Edward Carey, narrated by Madame Tussaud of waxworks fame, [on] her strange life and times, including the almost fatal French Revolution, a prime season for heads.” — Margaret Atwood (on Twitter), author of The Handmaid’s Tale
The wry, macabre, unforgettable tale of an ambitious orphan in Revolutionary Paris, befriended by royalty and radicals alike, who transforms herself into the legendary Madame Tussaud. In 1761, a tiny, odd-looking girl named Marie is born in a village in Alsace. After the death of her parents, she is apprenticed to an eccentric wax sculptor and whisked off to the seamy streets of Paris, where they meet a domineering widow and her quiet, pale son.
Together, they convert an abandoned monkey house into an exhibition hall for wax heads, and the spectacle becomes a sensation. As word of her artistic talent spreads, Marie is called to Versailles, where she tutors a princess and saves Marie Antoinette in childbirth. But outside the palace walls, Paris is roiling: The revolutionary mob is demanding heads, and…at the wax museum, heads are what they do.
Whether you’re a frequent Book Grouper or have never been before, you’re most welcome at the Golden Hare Book Group, but as of January 2019 you must book tickets online or in store in advance, and you will be expected to have read the book in its entirety. If you cannot make it along to book group, then please let us know in plenty of time so we can add people to our waiting list. If you have ordered a copy of the book in advance this will be put aside in the bookshop or posted out to you depending on your delivery options. Please arrive at the bookshop in time to start at 6.30pm – wine and soft drinks are provided free of charge!
As ever, those intending to attend will receive 10% off the book group book, whether purchasing in store or online.