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Petite Mort

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Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Subject: Fiction

Petite Mort

Beatrice Hitchman

Scandal, intoxication and lies flourish in the silent film studios of Paris

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9781847658685 (7 Mar 2013)

About the book

Shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize 2014

Mesdames et Messieurs, presenting La Petite Mort, or, A Little Death ...

A silent film, destroyed in a fire in 1914 at the Pathé studio, before it was seen even by its director.

A lowly seamstress, who makes the costumes she should be wearing, but believes her talent - and the secret she keeps too - will soon get her a dressing room of her own.

A famous - and dashing - creator of spectacular cinematic illusions, husband to a beautiful, volatile actress, the most adored icon of the Parisian studios.

All fit together, like scenes in a movie. And as you will see, this plot has a twist we beg you not to disclose ...

About the author

Beatrice Hitchman was born in London in 1980. She read English and French at Edinburgh University and then studied for an MA in Comparative Literature. After a year living in Paris, she moved back to the UK, trained and worked as a documentary film editor. She has written and directed short films which have toured festivals worldwide.


Sumptuous ... part Moulin Rouge, part Alfred Hitchcock

- Grazia

There's a touch of Angela Carter about Beatrice Hitchman's beguiling debut - a sly, erotic thriller concerned with doubleness and duplicity

- Guardian

Movie junkies will love this surprising and original novel ... the story winds itself in knots, then unravels deftly, providing a satisfactory judgment day for the sexy yet heartless central characters in a wholly unexpected ending

- Daily Mail

An impressive and enjoyable debut: nimble, deft and wrapped luxuriously in the velveteen glamour of the movies.

- David Evans, FT

Like the silver screen world Hitchman portrays, her writing shimmers, drawing you in with glamour and trickery. A fascinating, beguiling and wily debut

- Katie Ward, author of Girl Reading

Additional Information

Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Subject: Fiction

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