It is two months since the death of Jean Valjean yet in September 1833 his daughter Cosette lives a seemingly idyllic life. Eighteen and married to wild and carefree Marius she is unaware of his unfortunate penchant for getting involved in questionable enterprises with dubious characters. But there are other more sinister concerns. In the shadows Thenadier the hangman bides his time while Inspector Javert, saved from suicide at the last minute, contemplates his quest for redemption. From the Paris of the July Monarchy to the penal colony where Marius, like Jean Valjean before him, is condemned, the characters criss-cross, brush past each other and encounter each other anew, against a backdrop of the events of 1833 to 1836. An instant bestseller in France, Cosette is a feast for fans of the both the novel and the stage show.
Francois Ceresa is an award winning critic, journalist and writer. Cosette is his tenth book.