PUBLICATION JULY 2017
Willow has everything: a rich daddy, a pony and a place at a prestigious boarding school. Everything except the one thing she really wants: a father who cares enough to find her when she runs away from home. On the eve of her father's wedding, Willow runs again into the unknown. Her mother was a circus performer and Willow longs to follow in her footsteps. But when all of her money is stolen and her only friend, a street performer called Suz, betrays her, Willow is left penniless and alone. So begins a gripping, exhilarating journey. Will Willow ever make it to the big top and find a place she can truly call home?
Dressed in Levez' glittering prose, The Circus has the heart of a lion tamer and the thrill of a trapeze. Raw, compelling, and compassionate, this is a biting and beautiful examination of why we run, what makes a home, and how we find who we are. Kiran Millwood Hargrave author of Girl of Ink and Stars 'A punchy explosion of a book - gritty and colourful exploring the complexities of friendship, family and freedom. Wonderful - though I am now desperate to learn the trapeze.' Kathryn Evans, author of More of Me 'The Circus is the story of Willow, also known as Frog, who feels like a misfit and is desperate to be loved. A fascinating setting, heart-cracking writing, and a big bold friendship at the centre. A deeply satisfying read about desperation and determination, with an ending that takes your breath away. I don't think I know anyone who writes so evocatively about food either!' Sue Wallman, author of Lying About Last Summer
Olivia Levez divides her time between teaching English and binge-writing in her caravan by the sea. Olivia likes hula-hooping, yoga and real ale, but not at the same time. She lives in Worcestershire with her husband, two sons and her real life Dog, Basil.