Character: Fevvers 

Book: Nights at the Circus 

Author: Angela Carter 

26 writer: Suchandrika Chakrabarti 



Fevvers: the boisterous star of the circus! Orphanhood allows her to transform her unknown origins into legend. I wonder if she’s more reflective when not performing.




When I’m alone with my thoughts, the voice inside my head doesn’t sound like me, those clanging dustbin lids. I think of the fragile eggshell I grew within, before I learned to breathe, to fly. I wonder who kept it safe for all those months before I emerged: a brand-new creature with no parents to wrap their arms around her, only wings.

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