A beautifully written and epic story of love, regret and secrets, set against the haunting, troubled and exotic background of 1920s Egypt.
Sally Beauman was born in Devon and graduated from Girton College, Cambridge. She began her career as a critic and writer for New York magazine and continued to write for leading periodicals in America and the UK after returning to England. In 1970 she was the first recipient of the Catherine Pakenham Award for her journalism, and at the age of 24 edited Queen magazine. She has written for the New Yorker, The Sunday Times and theTelegraph Magazine, where she was Arts Editor. Her novels have been translated into over twenty languages and are bestsellers worldwide.
Colourful and fast-paced, this chunky but highly readable novel offers plenty of intrigue and an interesting portrait of the adult world, as seen through a child's enquiring eyes. The Lady The settings are glamorous and mysterious, the woman who dies in strange, unexplained circumstances is morally dubious and very beautiful, and there are real-life characters, such as Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon, searching for Tutankhamun's tomb, to add extra spice Independent on Sunday A vivid portrait of Howard Carter emerges from this fictionalised story of his quest to uncover the tomb of the boy-king ... Set in Egypt in the 1920s and London in the present day, this hugely readable novel tells the story of Carter's long years of toil in the Valley of the Kings through the eyes of a 10-year-old English girl ... And above it all floats the gold deathmask of King Tut himself, endlessly touring the world's museums Guardian English novelist Beauman beautifully describes the languorous lifestyles of Brits and Americans wealthy enough to indulge their passion for unearthing Egypt's ancient treasures Courier Mail, Brisbane Read every line of this stupendous novel Country Style, Australia