All of life's a wicked stage and love a dangerous
"A fascinating portrayal of London's theatrical
milieu...Ware again proves she can intertwine fact and fiction to
create an entertaining and harmonious whole."
If Shakespeare had a sister...
In 18th century London the glamorous Drury Lane and Covent
Garden theatres were all the rage, beckoning every young actor,
actress, playwright, and performer with the lure of the stage
lights. But competition and back-biting between theatre owners,
patrons, actors, and writers left aspiring playwrights with their
work stolen, profits withheld, and reputations on the line. For a
female, things were harder still, as the chances of a "petticoat
playwright" getting past the government censor was slim.
In this exciting and cutthroat world, a young woman with a skill
for writing and an ambition to see her work performed could rise to
glory, or could lose all in the blink of an eye...
In Ciji Ware's signature style, real-life characters of the day
create a backdrop for a portrait of a glittering era, a love story,
and a compelling glimpse into what life was like for a strong and
independent-minded woman in an emphatically man's world.
"A historical novel so lively and intriguing, you don't
realize you've learnt anything till after you close the book.
Exciting, entertaining, and enlightening."