Paperback review: Beautiful Lies, By Clare Clark
Queen Victoria, Buffalo Bill, and a mysterious Chilean heiress
Saturday 01 June 2013
There's a great deal going on in Clare Clark's vast and detailed Victorian novel, which centres on Maribel Campbell Lowe – an apparent Chilean heiress who has another, much darker identity altogether – at the time of the Queen's Golden Jubilee and Buffalo Bill Cody's sell-out Wild West Show in London.
Maribel is trying to find her way in the world, to carve an identity for herself possibly as a photographer, possibly as a poet, and identity is the key to her story, as Clare also takes in the rapaciousness of a press which could expose her heroine. At the heart of all this, though, is a touching portrayal of a highly unusual marriage (based on real-life individuals) which perhaps deserves more of the floor for itself.
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