The Mistress of Nothing cover blurb

25 November 2008 in Medi-Cafe The Mistress of Nothing

Week before last Serpent’s Tail sent me the cover image they are going to adapt for my novel, ‘The Mistress of Nothing’, which will come out in the UK in July next year, Canada in the autumn.  It’s a lovely old photograph of sailing boats on the Nile.  I’ll post a preview once it is ready.  These past two days I’ve been discussing the blurb for the back of the book, the catalogue, etc with Niamh Murray from Serpent’ Tail - here’s a draft:

“Lady Duff Gordon is the toast of Victorian London.  But when her debilitating tuberculosis means exile, she sets sail for Egypt with her devoted lady’?s maid, Sally, as her sole companion.  It is Sally who describes, with a mixture of wonder and trepidation, the odd ménage marshalled by the resourceful Omar, as they travel down the Nile to a new life in Luxor.  When Lady Duff Gordon undoes her stays and takes to native dress, throwing herself into village life, language lessons, and excursions to
the tombs, Sally too adapts to a new world, gaining heady and heartfelt freedoms she has never known before.

But freedom is a luxury that a maid can ill-afford, and when Sally grasps more than her status entitles her to, she is brutally reminded that she is mistress of nothing. “

Does this make you want to read it?


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