This book stole my weekend! I'd intended to read it bit by bit over a few weeks but it was that engrossing that I couldn't put it down until I had finished it. It transports the reader to a vibrant world of the circus - dazzle with desperation, sleeping in horse carriages, tyrants, exotic animals; you smell and feel the circus on this wild ride. The book is so captivating that I was sad to leave at the end of the story. Well worth an escape to the circus in its hey-day!