Author(s): Michelle Lovric
'So at fifteen, spread belly-down upon the floor, a black sheet hunched over me and a candle at my foot and head, my lips pressed on stone, litanies in my ears as the priest broke and entered my shocked fist to slide the ring on my finger, I promised to take no other husband than Christ. I almost meant it. In that heady moment the vow seemed no great sacrifice: I'd never known a man, but I had tasted chocolate.' One unforgettable night in 1785, in a theatre in Drury Lane, the heady alchemy of love and murder suddenly fuses the lives of Mimosina Dolcezza, a Venetian actress, and Valentine Greatrakes, prince of London's medical underworld. The Remedy is a ravishing love story that seamlessly weaves fiction with historical fact in rich and details prose.
Longlisted for the Orange Prize 2005
There's a whiff of Patrick Susskind's Perfume in the delicious and seductive recipes Lovric borrows to pepper her tale Sydney Morning Herald Compelling reading Sunday Times [Michelle Lovric] reveals in carefully-crafted prose, the dark side of the Enlightenment - while managing to enchant us with a surprising love story ... From first page to last, Lovric transfixes one with her superb language, imagery and twists of plot. At no time does the confidence or quality of narrative falter. Thrilling Mslexia The language is opulent and sensuous and the setting intriguing Historical Novels Review Fresh, graceful prose Publisher's Weekly Remedy is a ravishing, meticulously authentic buffet of words and sensations Entertainment Weekly Told in lushly beautiful prose, Lovric's dazzling new novel conjures up a world of dangerous secrets and shadowy pasts Image An intriguing and sometimes sinister tale Sunday Times (Australia) A rollicking read that evokes the squalor and danger of eighteenth-century Europe as well as it does the glamour Daily Telegraph (Australia)
Michelle Lovric is the author of four novels - Carnevale, The Floating Book (winner of a London Arts Award and chosen as a WH Smith Read of the Week), The Book of Human Skin (a TV Book Club pick in 2011), and, most recently, The True and Splendid History of the Harristown Sisters, as well as four children's books. Her book Love Letters: An Anthology of Passion was a New York Times bestseller. She divides her time between London and Venice. www.michellelovric.com