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The Smallest Man by Frances Quinn

The Smallest Man

Frances Quinn

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Imprint: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publication date: 7 Jan 2021
ISBN: 9781471193408

The smallest man. The biggest heart. The mightiest story. A compelling story perfect for fans of The Doll Factory and The Familiars.

4 stars out of 5
22 Jan 2021

"winningly warm-hearted"

‘You’re small on the outside. But, inside, you’re as big as everyone else. You show people that and you won’t go far wrong in life.’

It’s a maternal mantra which 18in high Nat Davy takes to heart as he attempts to survive in the tumultuous court of Charles I, where a dithering King and a homesick Queen (Henrietta Maria of France) are unable to prevent civil war...

 Full of vim and vigour, this is winningly warm-hearted. 

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4 stars out of 5
Antonia Senior
16 Jan 2021

"His tale is extraordinary, and Frances Quinn has used it well in this fascinating debut."

Nat Davy is born small. He thinks he will grow, one day, but as his childhood progresses, it becomes clear that Nat will stay small. When he is ten, Nat is sold by his father to the Duke of Buckingham. He is taken to London, placed in a pie dish, and served as a present to Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I...

Davy is based on Sir Jeffrey Hudson, Henrietta Maria’s dwarf who was immortalised in paint by Van Dyck. His tale is extraordinary, and Frances Quinn has used it well in this fascinating debut.