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Set in late eighteenth-century England, Philippa Stockley s American debut gives us a wickedly delightful but deadly serious battle of the wills and the sexes. It begins with the arrival in London of the mysterious Mrs. Fox on the run from a scandalous French past who takes a new identity, determined to reinvent herself. She must pit her formidable skills for revenge against Earl Much, a British aristocrat with no less notorious a past and easily her match in sinfulness and intrigue. Between these two swirls a story featuring venal lords, wronged maidens, and reprobate clergymen, transporting readers from bawdy houses to country estates places where the pleasures of the flesh are both high comedy and serious business. A Factory of Cunning takes readers to the world immortalized in Dangerous Liaisons. And, like Michel Faber s The Crimson Petal and the White, the vividly rendered setting and characters give the thrill of a fresh discovery."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780156030670
ISBN-10: 0156030675
Format: Paperback / softback
(203mm x 134mm x 22mm)
Pages: 355
Imprint: Harvest Books
Publisher: Harvest Books
Publish Date: 5-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United States


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