CARTER, Angela. Nights at the Circus. London: Chatto & Windus/The Hogarth Press, 1984.
8vo. Original boards, in dust-jacket; pp. 295; a very good copy, the text block lightly toned, as is common, and the spine a touch sunned.
The novel focuses on the life and exploits of Sophie Fevvers, a woman who is - or so she would have people believe - a Cockney virgin, hatched from an egg laid by unknown parents and ready to develop fully fledged wings. Courted by the Prince of Wales and painted by Toulouse-Lautrec, she is an aerialiste extraordinaire and star of Colonel Kearney's circus. Jack Walser, an American journalist, is on a quest to discover the truth behind her identity. Desperate for the scoop of a lifetime, Walser has no choice but to join the circus on its magical tour through London, St Petersburg and Siberia.