Author(s): Angela Carter; Ali Smith (Introduction by)
A richly comic tale of the tangled fortunes of two theatrical families, the hazards and chances, Angela Carter's witty and bawdy newnovel is populated with as many sets of twins, and mistaken identitiesas any Shakespeare comedy, and celebrates the magic of over a century of show business.
'One of the century's finest writers' Sunday Times
"* 'Wise Children is Angela Carter's best book. It deserves many prizes and, better than that, the affection of generations of readers' - Times Literary Supplement * 'Inventive and brilliant' - The Times * 'A funny, funny book, Wise Children is even better than Nights at the Circus. It deserves all the bouquets, diamonds and stage-door Johnnies it can get' - Salman Rushdle, Independent on Sunday * 'Wonderful writing...there is not much fiction around that is as good as this' - Ruth Rendell, Daily Telegraph"
Angela Carter was born in 1940 and read English at Bristol University, before spending two years living in Japan. She lived and worked extensively in the United States and Australia. Her first novel, Shadow Dance, was published in 1965, followed by the Magic Toyshop in 1967, which went on to win the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. She wrote a further four novels, together with three collections of Short Stories, two works of non-fiction and a volume of collected writings. Angela Carter died in 1992.