She is the nectar of the poet, the Green Muse. She steals the souls of those who love, turns their lives to despair and feeds her own. She is where love goes when it is destroyed and only hate shall remain. Her name is Green Fairy, and she lives in the absinthe.
Three sisters—Charlemagne, Cairo and Pendragon Agonistes—are sent from America to England to live with their eccentric grandparents after their mother disappears and their father falls to pieces. But before the girls have time to find their feet, Charlemagne is married off to a dead man, Penny takes a nap and wakes up as a boy, and Cairo is swept into a dangerous romance.
Dr Dorothy Broadhurst is a biologist living in 1950s Central Africa to study the local ape population. When civil war erupts and the rest of her team flees, she's left alone in the jungle. Dorothy may think she understands the apes she has studied for so long, but she could never have predicted what they are about to do . . .
Billie is a dollywaggler on a far from sentimental journey. The Eppie – a worldwide flu pandemic – has left London with nothing but a few beastly survivors with appallingly unwholesome habits. Watch out for Rodney; he is particularly nasty. Oh, and don’t try to escape the madness by fleeing to the country – things may be even worse out there.