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The Finishing School series is set in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate series, only twenty-two years earlier. It features a finishing academy located in a giant caterpillar-like dirigible floating over Dartmoor. The main character's name is Sophronia. Some characters from the Parasol Protectorate series, such as Sidheag Maccon, Beatrice Lefoux, Madame Lefoux, and Lord Akeldama, make appearances as well. The books are well-received by critics and readers alike. The book is credited as a revival of female steam-punk prose.

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  1. Etiquette & Espionage
  2. Curtsies & Conspiracies
  3. Waistcoats & Weaponry
  4. Manners & Mutiny

Waistcoats & Weaponry won Steampunk Chronicle’s 2015 Reader’s Choice Award for Best Young Adult Steampunk Fiction. All four books in this series were New York Times best sellers.

Sales and Awards[]

  • Etiquette & Espionage hit the New York Times Young Adult bestseller list at #9 on February 24, 2013. 
  • Curtsies & Conspiracies hit the New York Times Young Adult bestseller list at #5 on November 24, 2013, the best standing on the list for the Finishing School series.

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  • Waistcoats & Weaponry won Steampunk Chronicle’s 2015 Reader’s Choice Award for Best Young Adult Steampunk Fiction.


The Finishing School books are available as downloads from Audible, read by Moira Quirk. They were released on audio at the same time as print. All of the Finishing School audiobooks were produced by Hachette Audio. These are not available on CD.

The Curtsies & Conspiracies audiobook received a top ten honor on the YALSA Amazing Audiobooks list in 2015. The Waistcoats & Weaponry audiobook received a top ten honor on the YALSA Amazing Audiobooks list in 2016.

Foreign Language Editions[]

Would you like to find foriegn translations? They occasionally turn up on Amazon and Gail donates all of hers, signed, to the Worldbuilders charity.

UK Commonwealth ~ Atom[]

Croatia ~ Školska knjiga, Lumen imprint, Zagreb[]

Czech Republic ~ Albatros Media/CooBoo, Prague Slovakia ~ Albatros Media/CooBoo, Bratislava[]

The paperwork for these two publishers gets very confusing. They both show up as CooBoo.

France ~ Orbit / Le Livre de Poche[]

Japan ~ Hayakawa[]

Turkey ~ pending further info[]

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Finishing School Book the First Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

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The Finishing School music video


Classes/Lessons Taught at the School[]

  • Catching & Compromising to a Permanent End
  • Tips on Wielding a Cane v. Parasol v. Umbrella with Professor Braithwope
  • Quadrille with Mademoiselle Geraldine
  • Captain Niall on Knife Fighting
  • Proper Manners & Dress at the Theatre with Mademoiselle Geraldine
  • Opera Glasse with Lady Linette
  • Garrotes - Killing while Seated with Captain Niall
  • Advanced Eyelash Fluttering
  • Buying Poison & Planning Dinner on Limited Budget
  • Court Etiquette
  • Handkerchief Starching
  • French Letter Writing with Lady Linette
  • Fainting in a Crowed to Attract Attention/Focus with Lady Linette
  • Lady Never Shoots First, Ask Questions then Shoots with Lady Linette