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Beautiful Little Fools

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With all the glamour of The Great Gatsby and the scandal of Bridgerton, Beautiful Little Fools is a coming-of-age novel about first love, fierce friendship and finding yourself, set in Cornwall against the backdrop of glittering seascapes and dazzling parties.

Olivia Horrox


What if Barbara Hepworth’s 1930s art scene had collided with Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things? 

Beautiful Little Fools follows the journey of Elizabeth “Birdie” Graham, a young woman who chafes against society’s expectations of marriage and female duty. Birdie dreams of becoming a professional artist and cuts a deal with her parents: to let her spend a year exploring her creativity at the St. Agnes School of Art in Cornwall, after which she will return home and marry the insufferable but influential and wealthy Charles Bonham, as per her parents’ wishes.

Birdie however, has no intention of ever going back. Free of responsibility for the first time, she finds herself surrounded by a crew of bohemian artists who show her just how dizzying independence can be. Newfound friendships, rivalries and art competitions will all conspire to derail her plans. And when she meets the magnetic, but troubled, Tremayne family, she will be forced to ask herself what kind of woman and artist she really wants to be.