The Illusions

It is in every way quite magical.

Julie Owen Moylan
The Illusions UK hardback - Liz Hyder
The UK hardback. Cover by Philip Harris.

At a time of extraordinary change, two women must harness their talents to take control of their own destiny...

Bristol, 1896. Used to scraping a living as the young assistant to an ageing con artist, Cecily Marsden's life is turned upside down when her master suddenly dies. Believing herself to blame, could young Cec somehow have powers she little understands?

Meanwhile Eadie Carleton, a pioneering early film-maker, struggles for her talent to be taken seriously in a male-dominated world, and a brilliant young magician, George Perris, begins to see the potential in moving pictures. George believes that if he can harness this new technology, it will revolutionise the world of magic forever — but in order to achieve his dreams, he must first win over Miss Carleton...

As a group of illusionists prepare for a grand spectacle, Cec, Eadie and George's worlds collide. But as Cec falls in love with the bustling realm of theatre and magic, she faces the fight of her life to save the performance from sabotage and harness the element of real magic held deep within her.

The Illusions is the captivating new novel from the much-lauded author of The Gifts. Inspired by real-life illusionists and early film pioneers, this astonishing story of women and talent, magic and power, sweeps you into a world where anything is possible and nothing is quite as it seems...

Bonnier Books: Hardback, 22nd June 2023, £14.99

Captivating and fascinating... Deeply dark velvety depths combined with a vibrantly challenging tone ensure a thrilling historical tale set within the world of illusions... a LoveReading Star Book.


Set amidst the birth pangs of the cinema, this entrancing period novel from the author of The Gifts pitches a trio of unforgettable characters into a dangerous world of magic and spectacle.

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