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The Final Confession of Mabel Stark
Written by:
Robert Hough 
Read by:
Betty Bobbitt 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
14 hours 26 minutes 
December 01 2021 
Available Date:
December 01 2021 
Age Category:
Fiction; Biographical Fiction; Historical Fiction; Literary Fiction 
Bolinda audio 
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International bestseller

Winner AudioFile Earphones Award 2004
Shortlisted The Commonwealth Writer's Prize 2002
Shortlisted Trillium Book Award 2002

Exuberant and inventive, this audiobook transports its listeners to an age before cinema and television, when circus performers were superstars.

Barely five feet tall, suicidally courageous, obsessed with tigers and sexually eccentric, Mabel Stark was the greatest female tiger trainer in history. Clad in her leather suits and married five times, she was the Mae West of tiger taming. This vibrant and moving fictional autobiography begins in 1968. Mabel is turning 80 and is about to lose her job. Faced with the loss of her beloved cats, she looks back on her life, her escapades and tragedies, her love affairs with tigers and men. She confronts her darkest secrets, her guilt at committing 'the worst thing one person can do to another'. Now, with the end of life in sight, there is one thing above all else she needs to do. Mabel wants to confess.

'Robert Hough's fictionalised big-top biog packs in the laughs and tears ... Running away with the circus has never looked so good.'

'The Final Confession of Mabel Stark is made in a voice so compelling that fact and fiction cease to mean much.'
The Times

"In this fictional autobiography of the most famous female tiger trainer of all time, listeners are treated to Betty Bobbitt's performance of the indomitable, unconventional Mabel Stark. Bobbitt's raspy voice and full-throated chuckle perfectly draw Mabel's sassy attitude, complete with period diction, circus lore, and Kentucky twang."
AudioFile Magazine

'Utterly captivating and thrilling... A book to be pressed into the hands of customers.'
The Bookseller