Jane Sullivan was born in London of Australian parents. She was educated at Oxford University and came to live in Australia in 1979. She has worked as a journalist with the Melbourne Age, where her writing and editing jobs have included the position of literary editor.
Sullivan won the inaugural Australian Human Rights Award for journalism.
'In 1870 the celebrated midget General Tom Thumb and his troupe are touring Australia. While in Melbourne, Tom Thumb is rescued from the Yarra River by an impoverished governess, Mary Ann. She is hired by the troupe, but soon realises that relationships between the little people and their entourage are far from harmonious.
'When it becomes clear to everyone that Mary Ann is pregnant, Tom Thumb and his wife hatch a plan that appears to provide her child with a secure future. Others among the touring performers are less happy with these developments, however, and Mary Ann starts to wonder just whom she can trust. As the pregnancy proceeds, Mary Ann's life and that of her child seem increasingly in danger.
'This gripping historical novel is full of strange showbiz folk and has all the colour and flair of the circus, complete with sideshows starring the little people themselves.' (From the publisher's website.)