An unexpectedly touching novel following the fortunes of a 18th century prostitute. We meet Mary Saunders in prison awaiting sentence for her crimes, and the book spools backwards to show us the path that led her there. Emma Donoghue is the prize-winning author of Room, a writer of real talent.
Set in London and Monmouth in the late 1700s, this novel is the story of Mary Saunders, the young daughter of a poor seamstress. Mary hungers for the finer things in life, but her ambitions lead ultimately to tragedy.