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Little People When Mary Ann an impoverished governess rescues a child from the Yarra River she sets in motion a train of events that she could never have foreseen It is not a child she has saved but General Tom

  • Title: Little People
  • Author: Jane Sullivan
  • ISBN: 9781921640964
  • Page: 405
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Mary Ann, an impoverished governess, rescues a child from the Yarra River, she sets in motion a train of events that she could never have foreseen It is not a child she has saved but General Tom Thumb, star of a celebrated troupe of midgets on their 1870 tour of Australia.From the enchanting Queen of Beauty Lavinia Stratton to the brilliant pianist Franz Richardson,When Mary Ann, an impoverished governess, rescues a child from the Yarra River, she sets in motion a train of events that she could never have foreseen It is not a child she has saved but General Tom Thumb, star of a celebrated troupe of midgets on their 1870 tour of Australia.From the enchanting Queen of Beauty Lavinia Stratton to the brilliant pianist Franz Richardson, it seems that Mary Ann has fallen in among friends She soon discovers, however, that relationships within the troupe and its entourage are far from harmonious Jealousy is rife, and there are secrets aplenty even Mary Ann has one of her own Relief gradually turns to fear as she realises that she may be a pawn in a dangerous game than she imaginedThis gripping historical novel has all the colour and flair of the circus, complete with sideshows starring the little people themselves A fantastical tale of intrigue and showtime glamour, Little People will charm and beguile you.Book trailer here youtube watch v sb5atj

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    1. Review for the Australian Women Writers Challenge 2012This book is set in the late 1800. Mary-Ann, a governess, is hiding a secret from her past and can’t see a way out of her dilemma. She is depressed and suicidal. One day Mary-ann is walking along side the Yarra River contemplating her future when sees this small figure in the waters struggling to say afloat. She rescues this tiny person thinking that it is a child but only to discover it is the famous General Tom Thumb whose Troupe of Littl [...]

    2. A little while ago I wrote that I thought that the Australian literary scene had become much more interesting lately. There are sassy books by debut authors - such as Glissando by David Musgrave and Come Inside by Glenys Osborne - while at the same time publishers continue to support established writers of highly innovative if not best-selling books like David Foster’s sparkling Sons of the Rumour and Brian Castro’s enigmatic The Bath Fugues. And now we have Jane Sullivan playing around with [...]

    3. Jane Sullivan’s LITTLE PEOPLE is built around the real historical fact that General Tom Thumb and his troupe of little people visited Australia for nine months in 1870 as part of a world tour. They caused a sensation wherever they went. Whenever the public came to the show they saw glitz, glamour, laughter and happiness and were envious of this. The fictional heroine, Mary Ann, sees another side, dark under currents, jealousies, rivalries and tantrums. LITTLE PEOPLE is a gothic novel in the tr [...]

    4. Wanted to like this book. I approached it with eager anticipation, only to find myself unable to enter into its charms and unique characters. Perhaps it's the price one pays for reading too many books simultaneously? Perhaps it will be a book I come back too? Whatever happens, I have been blessed to have encountered a book about circus life - The Night Circus - and this isn't it!

    5. This book seemed destined to be one of those books one picks up and pretty much instantly forgets until the last third were it turned into a real page turner I really couldn't put down. I know when I've got a book like that because I find myself reading whilst walking down the street rather than just picking it up during 'reading time'.Little People is the story of Mary Ann - a woman who falls pregnant to the man of the house in her role of Governess and is dismissed. She decides against an abor [...]

    6. Books about circuses have always held a particular interest for me and 'Little People', while not entirely what I expected, is an excellent addition to the genre.Based around a touring group of midgets and their entourage during a visit to Australia, Jane Sullivan has taken a notable true story and pushed it to its absolute limits, making the characters vividly live again in situations so original that they border on the absurd. The larger than life settings in no way "dwarfed" (sorry) the minia [...]

    7. Inspired by true events this book follows Mary Ann, a pregnant governess with no prospects as she is adopted into the showbiz life of four "little people" as they tour the south of Australia. General Tom Thumb and his wife want her baby and she's more than willing to give it up to them if only she can avoid the dangerous traps being laid for her. At first I had to keep reading to find out what was going on with the baby - why all the secrecy about it, why was it so important and what was going t [...]

    8. Mary Ann is a governess who has already encountered exploitation in the larger world, and then she rescues what she assumes is a child. It turns out to be the famous General Tom Thumb, on tour with the rest of his troupe in Australia. Mary Ann is taken into the fold, and given a rather extraordinary offer. The part about Tom Thumb and his troupe touring part of Australia is true; the rest is the novelist's imagination. I wish I had liked this more. I love historical fiction, and Tom Thumb (and h [...]

    9. A governess who has been taken advantage of by her employer falls in with a travelling troupe of 'little people' after she rescues the celebrated General Tom Thumb from the Yarra. This is a charming book with lots of plot twists and turns. Mary Ann is put to work for the troupe, and because of her impending pregnancy feels both grateful and trapped. She doesn't know who to trust, and nor does the reader. This tension kept me turning pages, along with the quirky historical details, and intimate ( [...]

    10. In the first few pages of this book you have an illegitimate pregnancy, an near abortion and a woman trying to save a "child" from drowning in the Yarra river. It was a fantastic start and I was drawn in instantly. I really liked how the novel was set out - with chapters from the main narrator, Mary Ann, interspersed with the past and chapters from the performers in the travelling circus. I'd never read a story about a circus or about "Little People" before and those two things kept me intereste [...]

    11. Set in the 1870s in Australia, this book is a ripping yarn about rivalry, striving and love in a touring circus. It's a really, really good read. Lots of crazy Aussie settings, excellent character portrayal and development, a developing plot, a satisfying ending. Wonderful portrayal of the little people. Highly recommended.

    12. An engaging novel based on the real visit to Australia by a group of dwarf entertainers (little people) in the 1800's. The troup had been trained by P.T. Barnum and the author weaves her tale around these facts.

    13. I loved this book, it is a surprise package which kept me enthralled. I thought I knew what was going to happen and then the unexpected hits you. Great characters.

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