Review: Rose Tremain's latest historical novel is a fairytale melodrama set in Dickensian London

By Anna Creer
December 10 2021 - 1:00pm
  • Lily, by Rose Tremain. Chatto & Windus, $32.99.

London's Coram Foundling Hospital was founded in 1739 for the "education and maintenance of exposed and deserted young people". It was essentially an institution for abandoned or unwanted babies. However, for their first five years, they were sent to families in the countryside before returning to live in the hospital until their teens, when they were apprenticed.