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Wicked Company

by Ciji Ware

Sourcebooks | October 1, 2010 | Trade Paperback

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All of life''s a wicked stage and love a dangerous drama...

''A fascinating portrayal of London''s theatrical milieu... Ware again proves she can intertwine fact and fiction to create an entertaining and harmonious whole.''
-Publishers Weekly

If Shakespeare had a sister...

In 18th century London the glamorous Drury Lane and Covent Garden theatres were all the rage, beckoning every young actor, actress, playwright, and performer with the lure of the stage lights. But competition and back-biting between theatre owners, patrons, actors, and writers left aspiring playwrights with their work stolen, profits withheld, and reputations on the line. For a female, things were harder still, as the chances of a ''petticoat playwright'' getting past the government censor was slim.

In this exciting and cutthroat world, a young woman with a skill for writing and an ambition to see her work performed could rise to glory, or could lose all in the blink of an eye...

In Ciji Ware''s signature style, real-life characters of the day create a backdrop for a portrait of a glittering era, a love story, and a compelling glimpse into what life was like for a strong and independent-minded woman in an emphatically man''s world.

''A historical novel so lively and intriguing, you don''trealize you''ve learnt anything till after you close the book. Exciting, entertaining, and enlightening.''
-Literary Times

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 624 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1.37 in

Published: October 1, 2010

Publisher: Sourcebooks

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1402222718

ISBN - 13: 9781402222719

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Wicked Company

by Ciji Ware

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 624 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1.37 in

Published: October 1, 2010

Publisher: Sourcebooks

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1402222718

ISBN - 13: 9781402222719

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Thro'' all the drama-whether damned or not- Love gilds the scene, and women guide the plot. -Richard Brinsley Sheridan, "Epilogue," The Rivals Edinburgh , May 1761 "Sophie, lass! Quickly! Hide your book!" Daniel McGann urged his daughter, as he peered anxiously through the square windowpanes at the front of his small book shop. Outside, a group of dour, somberly attired men were striding like avenging angels along Edinburgh''s High Street. "''Tis the kirk elders!" he confirmed, wringing his ink-stained hands. "They''re coming this way!" Sophie sprang from her stool in front of the diminutive hearth that was the shop''s only source of heat. She quickly shoved her copy of Fielding''s Tom Jones, along with Rousseau''s novel La Nouvelle Heloise, beneath a pile of pungent chunks of peat stored in a wooden box next to the fire. Without further instructions, she grabbed several other books that she, even at the age of sixteen, knew would be judged "ungodly" by the gaggle of religious fanatics bearing down on her father''s book-and-printing establishment. Swiftly she stashed the offending volumes behind a row of Bibles displayed prominently on one of the front shelves and reserved precisely for just such an emergency. Daniel McGann, his gray periwig slightly askew and his upper lip sheened with sweat, was greatly alarmed that for the second time in scarcely a month his shop was the apparent target of the wrath of Calvinist churchmen from nearby St. Giles Cathedral. The local Presbyte
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All of life''s a wicked stage and love a dangerous drama...

''A fascinating portrayal of London''s theatrical milieu... Ware again proves she can intertwine fact and fiction to create an entertaining and harmonious whole.''
-Publishers Weekly

If Shakespeare had a sister...

In 18th century London the glamorous Drury Lane and Covent Garden theatres were all the rage, beckoning every young actor, actress, playwright, and performer with the lure of the stage lights. But competition and back-biting between theatre owners, patrons, actors, and writers left aspiring playwrights with their work stolen, profits withheld, and reputations on the line. For a female, things were harder still, as the chances of a ''petticoat playwright'' getting past the government censor was slim.

In this exciting and cutthroat world, a young woman with a skill for writing and an ambition to see her work performed could rise to glory, or could lose all in the blink of an eye...

In Ciji Ware''s signature style, real-life characters of the day create a backdrop for a portrait of a glittering era, a love story, and a compelling glimpse into what life was like for a strong and independent-minded woman in an emphatically man''s world.

''A historical novel so lively and intriguing, you don''trealize you''ve learnt anything till after you close the book. Exciting, entertaining, and enlightening.''
-Literary Times

About the Author

Ciji Ware is an Emmy Award-winning journalist with tremendous media savvy and charisma in addition to being an author of historical fiction novels. She has appeared on the Today show to promote her books, and continues to be highly involved with her own projects in the television and film industries. She lives with her husband in San Francisco.
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