Beatrice Hitchman


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Beatrice Hitchman was born in London in 1980. Her first novel, PETITE MORT (2013, Serpent's Tail) was nominated for the Desmond Elliott Prize, the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award, the Polari Prize and the HWA Debut Dagger, and was adapted as a ten-part Woman's Hour drama starring Honor Blackman. She lives in Bristol and works as a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Gloucestershire.


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Serpent's Tail

Mesdames et Messieurs, presenting La Petite Mort, or, A Little Death ...

A silent film, destroyed in a fire in 1914 at the Pathé studio, before it was seen even by its director.

A lowly seamstress, who makes the costumes she should be wearing, but believes her talent - and the secret she keeps too - will soon get her a dressing room of her own.

A famous - and dashing - creator of spectacular cinematic illusions, husband to a beautiful, volatile actress, the most adored icon of the Parisian studios.

All fit together, like scenes in a movie. And as you will see, this plot has a twist we beg you not to disclose ...