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The Ghost Theatre by Mat Osman - Paperback

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To love is to fall...

On a rooftop in Elizabethan London two worlds collide. Shay is a messenger-girl and trainer of hawks who sees the future in the patterns of birds. Nonesuch is the dark star of the city's fabled child theatre scene, as famous as royalty yet lowly as a beggar.

Together they create The Ghost Theatre: a troupe staging magical plays in London's hidden corners. As their hallucinatory performances incite rebellion among the city's outcasts, the pair's relationship sparks and burns against a backdrop of the plague and a London in flames. Their growing fame sweeps them up into the black web of the Elizabethan court, where Shay and Nonesuch discover that if they fly too high, a fall is sure to come.

Chosen as a book of the year 2023 by the Evening Standard, The Observer and the Times.

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Author: Mat Osman

Format: Paperback

Size: 133 mm x 202mm

Pages: 320

Staff Review

This book completely immerses you in London as I have never read it before. From the first page, I felt myself completely transported. Osman does such a good job of painting his characters' London that I almost felt like I was part of the story myself. The descriptions were so vivid that I could smell the theatre and feel the warmth of the lights just as the characters were.
I loved and hated the main characters while reading, just as I presume that Osman meant for me to. Although Shay and Nonesuch are young in age, they are complex and the decisions that they are making are far beyond their years. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and would highly recommend it.

Reviewed by Jennifer Murphy (Ecommerce Coordinator)