Released on 04 February 2011.

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The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno

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‘Wildly inventive, highly entertaining’ The Times

In the late 1860s, as America was recovering from Lincoln’s assassination, a man named P. T. Barnum opened a museum in New York City. Filled with oddities from around the world, it also hosted a number of sideshow freaks – including The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno’s narrator, the Human Skeleton. This atmospheric and utterly original story of how he fell in love with the Bearded Lady is a moving novel about human appetites and longings, exploring what it means to be profoundly unique – and demonstrating love’s power to transcend even the greatest divisions.

‘A rich tapestry of romance, illusory science, criminal trickery and human intrigue. Let the show begin’ Kirkus