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Little People is being released in the UK in June 2012 and I have been invited to the 2012 Edinburgh International Book Festival in August.
Review from “Australian Bookseller and Publisher”
“Inspired by the real-life tour of a troupe of ‘little people’ to Australia in 1870, this quirky novel is the second from literary journalist Jane Sullivan. It is ostensibly the story of Mary Ann, recently released from employment by the amorous father of her ward and bearing his child. Standing on the banks of the Yarra contemplating suicide, she sees a child fall from a bridge and rushes to its rescue.
The child is in fact Charles Stratton, know as General Tom Thumb, the charismatic entertainer who, along with his wife, the beautiful and perfectly formed Lavinia; her restless and willful sister Minnie; and rival for lead Commodore George Washington Nutt inhabit a world of barely restrained, savage curiosity… Mary Ann is not the only character to narrate the story as others take turns in various ‘sideshows’ to relate their own tales; this shift in narrative works well and these sideshows provide great amusement and colour.
The language and voices of the characters do a fine job of placing the story in its historical context, and the story itself is interestingly textured and set in a fascinating milieu. This is a most enjoyable read.” – Paul Landymore, business and development manager at Queensland Writers’ Centre and former bookseller