The Mistress of Nothing

Paperback | September 1, 2010

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 in 2009

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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:264 pages, 7.8 × 5.28 × 0.63 inPublished:September 1, 2010Publisher:McArthur & CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1552788687

ISBN - 13:9781552788684

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"Tantilizing. . . Sally's observations. . .bring this lost world to life."