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Nobody knows yet that she is a murderer…

Abandoned at the gates of a London park one winter’s night in 1850, baby Lily Mortimer is saved by a young police constable and taken to the London Foundling Hospital. Lily is fostered by an affectionate farming family in rural Suffolk, enjoying a brief childhood idyll before she is returned to the Hospital, where she is punished for her rebellious spirit. Released into the harsh world of Victorian London, Lily becomes a favoured employee at Belle Prettywood’s Wig Emporium, but all the while she is hiding a dreadful secret…

Across the years, policeman Sam Trench keeps watch over the young woman he once saved. When Sam meets Lily again, there is an instant attraction between them and Lily is convinced that Sam holds the key to her happiness – but might he also be the one to uncover her crime and so condemn her to death?

© Rose Tremain 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021

Critics Review

  • Lily, in addition to its pellucid prose, is shamelessly gripping

    Daily Telegraph
  • Tremain’s latest novel more than lives up to its atmospheric, riveting beginning… It’s consummate storytelling, and finds room for redemption as well as revenge

    Mail on Sunday
  • Another memorable and engrossing read from Tremain, which brings Victorian London, and especially courageous Lily, to life on the page

    Good Housekeeping
  • A heartbreaking story set in Victorian England from the pitch-perfect pen of Rose Tremain

    The Times, *Books of the Year*
  • Tremain’s gift is to create characters whose experiences span every walk of life, but who are grounded in their author’s understanding of the world

    Harper's Bazaar

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