The Mistress of Nothing

Paperback | September 1, 2009

byKate Pullinger

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Lady Duff Gordon is the toast of Victorian London society. 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) that travels down the Nile to a new life in Luxor. When Lady Duff Gordon undoes her stays and takes to native dress, throwing herself into weekly salons, language lessons and excursions to the tombs, Sally too adapts to a new world, which affords 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.
**Winner of the Governor General's Award for Fiction

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Lady Duff Gordon is the toast of Victorian London society. 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) that travels down the Nile to a new life in L...

Kate Pullinger was born in Vancouver, and now lives in London. She is the author of TINY LIES, a collection of short stories, and the novels WHEN THE MONSTER DIES, WEIRD SISTER and A LITTLE STRANGER. She collaborated with Jane Campion on the novel of the film The Piano, and has written for film, television and radio. She teaches creati...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.6 × 5.63 × 0.7 inPublished:September 1, 2009Publisher:McArthur & CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1552787982

ISBN - 13:9781552787984

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"I couldn't stop reading this wonderful book and was sad when it was over. Kate Pullinger's skill is to make you feel like the confidante of her strong and unconventional heroine as she journeys down the Nile into the greatest adventure of her life. Highly recommended."