Ireland, mid 1800s, the age of the Famine and of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, when Europe burns with a passion for long, flowing hair. So when seven Irish sisters, born into fatherless poverty, grow up with curls cascading down to their ankles, men are not slow to recognise their potential. Riches and fame follow, and a palace in Venice, but the sisters dark pasts trail behind them like the tresses on their heads, and success comes at a terrible price... A bewitching tale of exploitation, sibling rivalry, sexual betrayal and financial skulduggery - and an extraordinary luxuriance of exuberant Irish hair.
It is the age of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, when Europe burns with a passion for long-flowing locks. And when seven sisters, born into fatherless poverty in Ireland, grow up with hair cascading down their backs, to their ankles, and beyond, men are not slow to recognise their potential.
It begins with a singing and dancing septet, with Irish jigs kicked out in dusty church halls. But it is not the sisters" singing or their dancing that fills the seats: it is the torrents of hair they let loose at the end of each show. And their hair will take dark-hearted Darcy, bickering twins Berenice and Enda, plain Pertilly, gentle Oona, wild Ida and fearful, flame-haired Manticory - the inimitable narrator of their on-and-off stage adventures - out of poverty, through the dance halls of Ireland, to the salons of Dublin and the palazzi of Venice. It will bring some of them love and each of them loss. For their past trails behind the sisters like the tresses on their heads, and their fame and fortune will come at a terrible price...
The glorious, grubby and magnificent tale of the rise and fall of the 7 long-haired Swiney sisters born into fatherless poverty in Ireland, inspired by a true story. Set in the age of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Appeal for readers of "Perfume" and "Alias Grace". Lovric's novel "The Book Of Human Skin" has sold over 30, 000 copies in the UK. Now in paperback.
Michelle Lovric verließ ihre Heimatstadt Sydney mit achtzehn Jahren, um in Devon Journalismus zu studieren. Während ihrer Zeit als Reisejournalistin verliebte sie sich in die Lagunenstadt Venedig, die inzwischen zu ihrer zweiten Heimat geworden ist. Abseits des Journalismus machte sie sich einen Namen als Herausgeberin mehrerer Anthologien und als Autorin von Bestsellern.