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16th March 201712:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Principal, George Street
Elizabeth Freemantle and Dinah Jefferies
Dinah Jefferies was born in Malaysia and moved to England at the age of nine. Her colourful life has included working for an Italian Countess and living with a rock band in a hippie commune but it was the tragic death of her 14 year old son that changed everything. When she began writing in her 60s, she fused her experiences of love and loss with the seductive beauty of the East to create wonderful stories. She has written four novels to date including the Sunday Times Number One bestseller, The Tea Planter’s Wife.
Dinah Jefferies has a remarkable gift for conjuring up another time and place with lush descriptions, full of power and intensity. Kate Furnivall on The Silk Merchant’s Daughter
1930, Rajputana, India. Since her husband’s death, 28-year-old photojournalist Eliza’s only companion has been her camera. When the British Government send her to an Indian princely state to photograph the royal family, she’s determined to make a name for herself. But when Eliza arrives at the palace she meets the Prince’s brother, Jay. While Eliza awakens Jay to the poverty of his people, he awakens her to the injustices of British rule. They soon find they have more in common than they think. But their families – and society – think otherwise.
Elizabeth Fremantle is the author of Queen’s Gambit, Sisters of Treason and Watch the Lady. She holds a first in English and an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck. As a Fashion Editor she has contributed to various publications including Vogue, Elle, and Vanity Fair.
A superb evocation of an age in which women’s lives were constrained and difficult. The Times Book of the Year
A top-notch literary thriller. Daily Telegraph
Arbella Stuart is confined behind the towering windows of Hardwick Hall. Niece to Mary, Queen of Scots, and presumed successor to Elizabeth I, she is held here for her protection. But those in the crown’s shadow are never safe so fearing a fate she has no power to avoid, Arbella seeks a means of escape. Yet to do so she must trust in others – a young poet, an aristocrat, willing to risk everything to free her. Each knows that discovery will lead to accusations of treason.
A woman trapped in a man’s world, Arbella is about to learn that even the smallest choices we make may save – or destroy – us . . .
Photo Credit: Paola Pieroni
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