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The mistress of nothing

Pullinger, K (2009) The mistress of nothing. Serpent's Tail, London. ISBN 9781846687112

Abstract

Based on Lucie Duff Gordon's "Letters from Egypt", this is a lushly evocative period novel. Lady Duff Gordon is the toast of Victorian London. But when her debilitating tuberculosis means exile, she and her devoted lady's maid, Sally, set sail for Egypt. It is Sally who describes, with a mixture of wonder and trepidation, the odd menage marshalled by the resourceful Omar, which travels down the Nile to a new life in Luxor. As Lady Duff Gordon undoes her stays and takes to native dress, throwing herself into weekly salons; language lessons; excursions to the tombs; Sally too adapts to a new world, affording her heady and heartfelt freedoms 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.

Item Type: Book
Keywords: Lady's maids, Fiction, Tuberculosis, Patients, English, Egypt, Aristocracy (Social class), History — 19th century.
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2013 09:28
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2016 13:29
URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/1123
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