A golden age. A lifelong dream. A woman’s power.

From Fifth Avenue mansions to Lower East Side tenements and the carnivals of Coney Island, The Eighth Wonder explores the brilliance and brutality of one of the world’s most progressive eras and celebrates the visionaries who dare to rebel.

The Eighth WonderNew York, 1897. The richest city in the world.

Beautiful, young and privileged, Rose Kingsbury Smith is expected to play by the strict rules of social etiquette, to forfeit all career aspirations and to marry a man of good means. But she has a quietly rebellious streak and is determined to make her own mark on Manhattan’s growing skyline. When the theft of a precious heirloom plunges her family into financial ruin, Rose becomes her family’s most tradeable asset. She finds herself fighting for her independence and championing the ideal of equality for women everywhere.

Enigmatic Ethan Salt’s inglorious circus days are behind him. He lives a quiet life on Coney Island with his beloved elephant Daisy and is devoted to saving animals who’ve been brutalised by show business. As he struggles to raise funds for his menagerie, he fears he will never build the sanctuary of his dreams … until a chance encounter with a promising young architect changes his life forever.

Just when Rose is on the verge of seeing her persistence pay off, the ghosts of her past threaten to destroy everything she holds dear. In the face of heartbreaking prejudice and betrayal, she must learn to harness her greatest wonder within.

The Eighth Wonder is an outstanding set piece!

Pull up a chair and settle into an extravaganza of history, pageantry, rising feminism, animal rights, personal aspirations, architecture and blinding love. The Eighth Wonder is an outstanding set piece and if you could see me now, I am extending a standing applause to author Tania Farrelly.

Amanda Barrett, Mrs B's Book Reviews

A beautifully written piece of art.

Monumental, dazzling, fascinating utterly breathtaking and a beautifully written piece of art.

A fantastic story!

A new Australian fiction author has arrived! A fantastic story that just kept me turning the pages.

Janine Kirchner

I loved the originality of it!

The Eighth Wonder is an excellent novel, the very best kind of historical fiction where you are immersed entirely into another era. I loved the originality of it, the rish atmopshere and the authentic characters.

Theresa Smith, Theresa Smith Writes

What an inspired, utterly remarkable read.

What an inspired, utterly remarkable read this was. Tania has outdone herself with this phenomenal debut. A rich multi-layered tale that took me on a journey through New york in the late 19th century, absolutely fascinating.

Claudine Tinellis, Talking Aussie Books

I feel in love with the visionary characters.

I loved the themes of gender equality, animal rights and unionisation and I feel in love with the visionary characters.