Indian summer anyone? While some temps are dipping we are still seeing that glorious sunshine and with that we can still bask in end of summer releases like Louisa Treger’s latest, The Dragon Lady. A fictional account of the rebellious and glamorous Lady Virginia Courtauld, this is a must read for historical fiction buffs and readers who love a gal who has gumption! Lady Virginia would be an inspiration to all women around the world today. I am thrilled Louisa is my latest Open Book and we can celebrate this fantastic book!
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‘A daring blend of romance, crime and history, and an intelligent exposé of the inherent injustice and consequences of all forms of oppression’ Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions
Opening with the shooting of Lady Virginia ‘Ginie’ Courtauld in her tranquil garden in 1950s Rhodesia, The Dragon Lady tells Ginie’s extraordinary story, so called for the exotic tattoo snaking up her leg. From the glamorous Italian Riviera before the Great War to the Art Deco glory of Eltham Palace in the thirties, and from the secluded Scottish Highlands to segregated Rhodesia in the fifties, the narrative spans enormous cultural and social change. Lady Virginia Courtauld was a boundary-breaking, colourful and unconventional person who rejected the submissive role women were expected to play.
Ostracised by society for being a foreign divorcée at the time of Edward VIII and Mrs Simpson, Ginie and her second husband ,Stephen Courtauld, leave the confines of post-war Britain to forge a new life in Rhodesia, only to find that being progressive liberals during segregation proves mortally dangerous. Many people had reason to dislike Ginie, but who had reason enough to pull the trigger?
Deeply evocative of time and place, The Dragon Lady subtly blends fact and fiction to paint the portrait of an extraordinary woman in an era of great social and cultural change.
1.What three celebrities/authors/figures- living or dead, would you want to have a bookclub with?
Margaret Atwood, Virginia Woolf, Oscar Wilde.
2.Current binge series?
3. Last favorite book?
Your Duck is my Duck by Deborah Eisenberg
4. What 3 things to you pack in your bag for your dream vacation? Where is it?
Sunglasses, sun cream, a good book. South Africa, my mother’s homeland.
5. Sunday NYT or US Weekly?
I live in London, so neither of the above. The Sunday Times.
6. Last person you sent a text message to?
7. Book you read that you wished you wrote?
Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels
8. Do you have a teacher who encouraged you to become a writer?
Yes, my second year tutor at university, a wonderful man called David Daniell. His words kept me going through years of rejection of my early work.
9. Do you listen to music while you write? If so, who?
No, because music is too powerful. It’s like a magnet, drawing all my attention to it.
10. Describe your writing space?
It’s an octagonal room with big windows and shelves filled with books. My desk always has piles of papers, my laptop and a large mug of coffee on it. My dog sleeps at my feet while I write.
11. Coffee or tea?
12. Do you have a favorite book that you gift?
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
13. Book that you wished they would make a movie out of?
Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels
14. If you could have one song as the theme song of your life what would it be and why?
I will survive by Gloria Gaynor
15. What/Who inspires you?
Nature. Great art, be it literature, music or visual art. My children.
16. Bravo reality TV- yes or no?
17. Favorite Instagram account?
18. If you could name just one lipstick after a book, what would you call it and what shade would it be?
I would call a lipstick Wild Rose after Cathy in Wuthering Heights and it would be dusky pink.
19. Current #TBR pile?
Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro
Clock Dance by Anne Tyler
Shadowplay by Joseph O’Connor
Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
20. Best advice you’ve ever received?
Your failures teach you more than your successes. It’s how you pick yourself up and carry on after failing that counts.