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When Marie moves from her family's waxwork museum into the palace of Versailles, her whole life is set to change...

When Marie Tussaud learns the exciting news the royal family will be visiting her famed wax museum, the Salon de Cire, she never dreams that the king's sister will request her presence at Versailles: as a royal tutor in wax sculpting.

As Marie familiarizes herself with Princess Elisabeth and begins to know Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI, she witnesses the glamorous life of court, a very different world from her home on the Boulevard du Temple of Paris where bread can only be had on the black market and men sell their teeth to put food on the their tables.

The year is 1788 and men like Desmoulins, Marat, and Robespierre are meeting in the salons of Paris speaking against the monarchy; there's whispered talk of revolution. Spanning five years from budding revolution to the Reign of Terror, Madame Tussaud brings us into the world of an incredible heroine whose talent for wax moulding saved her life and preserved the faces of a vanished king.

©2011 Quercus Editions Ltd (P)2011 Quercus Editions Ltd

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  • miss
  • 07-05-2013

Excellent book - nicely narrated.

I've read three of Michelle Moran's books and I've loved them all. Not only is the story interesting and well written, she leaves the reader desperate to delve deeper into the history of period. This novel will be enjoyable for anyone, regardless of historical interest/knowledge; it's simply a good book!

The narrator reads nicely and her voice is neither dull nor irritating.

I know that your credit is precious and you want to spend it wisely - I have no regrets about investing my monthly fee in this novel.

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  • London Student
  • 21-07-2017

Fantastic story sensitively narrated

The perfect audiobook - great characters in a captivating historical context with a narrator who really makes you feel the emotions of different characters.

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  • Sam Bunting
  • 23-12-2012

A very evocative story

I have read a couple of Michelle Moran's books before and have enjoyed them all, this book was no different.0

A very enthralling and well told story, it most certainty brought the feel of the French Revolution to life. I would very much recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical novels or has an interest in the time period in which it was set. I would love to see more of Michelle Moran's historical novels on here :)