Essie Fox has written three Victorian novels. Now, The Last Days of Leda Grey moves into the Edwardian era, and also the 1970’s, as it tells the haunting story of an enigmatic silent film actress ~ before an obsessive love affair leaves her abandoned and alone for more than half a century.
“Luminous … Leda Grey’s world is utterly beguiling.” The Times
“Fox writing like the lovechild of Sarah Water and Angela Carter.” The Guardian
“Deliciously unsettling.” The Independent
“The glee with which Fox approaches her material is infectious.” The Guardian
“A deliciously eerie affair.” Sunday Express
“A truly enchanting and magical book.” Brighton and Hove Independent
“Wonderfully atmospheric.” Red Magazine
“Magnificently conjured. A Hitchcockian atmosphere of ‘encroaching dread’ and menace.” Historia Magazine.
“A rich experience for the reader … the exoticism, the surreal juxtapositions, the smouldering kohl-eyed and chiffon-clad sensuality, the crudely crafted magic tricks, the glee and the melodrama of these films. The intoxicating sense that everything is possible is there.” The Historical Novel Society
“Fans of Daphne du Maurier will love this haunting, atmospheric novel about a silent film actress: I was hooked…” Jane Harris, author of The Observations, Gillespie and I, and Sugar Money.