BIRD­CAGE WALK BY HE­LEN DUNMORE, COR­NER­STONE, £18.99

No. 1 Magazine - - SCOTLAND'S NO.1 FOR INTERIORS AND LIFESTYLE -

It is 1792 and Europe is seized by po­lit­i­cal tur­moil and vi­o­lence. Lizzie Fawkes has grown up in rad­i­cal cir­cles where each step of the French Rev­o­lu­tion is fol­lowed with ea­ger ide­al­ism. But she has re­cently mar­ried John Diner Tre­de­vant, a prop­erty de­vel­oper who is heav­ily in­vested in Bris­tol’s hous­ing boom, and he has ev­ery­thing to lose from so­cial up­heaval and the prospect of war. Soon his plans for a mag­nif­i­cent ter­race built above the two-hun­dred-foot drop of the Gorge come un­der threat. Diner be­lieves that Lizzie’s in­de­pen­dent, ques­tion­ing spirit must be co­erced and sub­dued. She be­longs to him: law and cus­tom con­firm it, and she must live as he wants. In a tense drama of public and pri­vate vi­o­lence, re­sis­tance and terror, Diner’s pas­sion for Lizzie dark­ens un­til she finds her­self dan­ger­ously alone.

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