A Girl Made of Air by Nydia Hetherington @QuercusBooks #NetGalley #AGirlMadeOfAir #BookReview


A lyrical and atmospheric homage to the strange and extraordinary, perfect for fans of Angela Carter and Erin Morgenstern.

This is the story of The Greatest Funambulist Who Ever Lived…

Born into a post-war circus family, our nameless star was unwanted and forgotten, abandoned in the shadows of the big top. Until the bright light of Serendipity Wilson threw her into focus.

Now an adult, haunted by an incident in which a child was lost from the circus, our narrator, a tightrope artiste, weaves together her spellbinding tales of circus legends, earthy magic and folklore, all in the hope of finding the child… But will her story be enough to bring the pair together again?

Beautiful and intoxicating, A Girl Made of Air brings the circus to life in all of its grime and glory; Marina, Manu, Serendipity Wilson, Fausto, Big Gen and Mouse will live long in the hearts of readers. As will this story of loss and reconciliation, of storytelling and truth.


A Girl Made of Air


I loved the cover of this book first of all but when I read what it was about I was totally fascinated to find out what was inside. There is a shadow that moves around the edges in the circus tent, one that people catch from the corner of their eye but dismiss. A young girl, small and uncared for by parents that dress in style and love the spotlight and admiring looks of the crowd. There is no love or hugs, she barely scraps through and survives. Everything changes for her when Serendipity Wilson arrives, the little urchin of a wisp of a child becomes known as mouse and is welcomed into the light.

The story, set in present-day, is pieced together with newspaper stories, tapes, letters and journals from the past, going back to when mouse was born in pre WW11 years in the USA. Serendipity Wilson as a bright and colourful character that mouse learns to trust eventually to become The Worlds Greatest Funambulist who ever lived. But mouse is on a mission to put right a wrong, a mistake that she made and has never forgiven herself for.

The story is full of sadness and tragedy with so many of the circus family but my heart broke over and over for mouse who desperately needed to be loved or even acknowledged. The story spans years’ with so many misunderstandings that throw the characters onto different lifelines.

Fascinating, compelling and utterly unforgettable.

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


Nydia Hetherington

My first memories are of the Isle of Man, where I lived as a small child. When my family relocated to Leeds, I grew up dreaming of fairies and of the sea (I still do). In my early twenties I moved to London to embark on an acting career, then to Paris, where I continued my theatre training before creating a theatre company and becoming a clown (red nose included). Returning to London almost a decade later, I worked in a shoe shop while studying for a creative writing degree at Birkbeck University. To keep the wolf from my door I’ve had many jobs, including working in shops and cafes and kitchens, sometimes in offices and most recently in an art gallery. These days I live on the edge of London with my husband and our plump (she’s got big bones) cat.

My favourite books often have a touch of the magical about them. At the same time, I love fierce writing that reaches into the depths of the human experience.

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