A Factory of Cunning

A Factory of Cunning

by Philippa Stockley
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A Factory of Cunning by Philippa Stockley

Set in late eighteenth-century England, Philippa Stockley’s American debut gives us a wickedly delightful but deadly serious battle of the wills and the sexes. It begins with the arrival in London of the mysterious Mrs. Fox—on the run from a scandalous French past—who takes a new identity, determined to reinvent herself. She must pit her formidable skills for revenge against Earl Much, a British aristocrat with no less notorious a past and easily her match in sinfulness and intrigue. Between these two swirls a story featuring venal lords, wronged maidens, and reprobate clergymen, transporting readers from bawdy houses to country estates—places where the pleasures of the flesh are both high comedy and serious business.

A Factory of Cunning takes readers to the world immortal­ized in Dangerous Liaisons. And, like Michel Faber’s The Crimson Petal and the White, the vividly rendered setting and characters give the thrill of a fresh discovery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780151011728
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 04/11/2005
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Philippa Stockley is a deputy editor at the Evening Standard and also works as an artist and illustrator. She lives in London.

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A Factory of Cunning 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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MELKI More than 1 year ago
Two and a half stars would be more accurate.
The epistolar style / genre is not one that suits every story.
Only certain authors can claim utter success.
As for this book, it seems to work to a certain degree.
Before you read it, read (or at least watch) "Dangerous Liaisons" as the stories are related.
The end is not up to par.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A delightfully evil romp. Unfortunately I had to read the ending twice to 'get it'. A cunning and clever protagonist. Well drawn England of the period. Fun!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It seemed like I was not catching on to they story line at first, but I soon found out that it was all part of the story. You are given bits and pieces that don't make sense until the second half of the book. The shock factor was really good, but some parts seemed cut short and the ending left me unsatisfied. It seems like there should be a second book.