Goodreads asked Merryn Allingham:

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

Merryn Allingham I bought an original print of the Great Exhibition at auction some years ago. It was rich, colourful, very detailed, and showed the most amazing interior of what came to be called the Crystal Palace. I thought immediately it would make a brilliant setting for a novel - perfect for the mysterious, long-lost romance of The Crystal Cage.

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