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BOOK OF THE MONTH
THE MAIDENS (HB)
Alex Michaelides
899

We all keep secrets. Even from ourselves.


'A thrilling, heart-in-throat...(+)
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Quentin Tarantino's long-awaited first work of fiction - at once hilarious, delicious, and brutal ...(+)

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Signed, Mata Hari
Yannick Murphy

Classification : General & Literary Fiction
Pub Date : Sep 04, 2008
Imprint : Abacus
Page Extent : 288
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9780349120218
Price : 575

About the book
In the cold October of 1917 Margaretha Zelle, alias Mata Hari, the infamous exotic dancer, sits in a prison cell in Paris awaiting trial on charges of espionage; the penalty, death by firing squad. As she waits, Mata Hari tells stories - much like Scheherazade - to buy back her life from her interrogators.

From a bleak childhood on the shores of the North Sea, through a loveless marriage to a Dutch naval officer, Margaretha is transported to the sensual pleasures of the south seas. She spins tales of native lovers and fragrant Javanese jungles; she tells of the ugly disintegration of her family. Then, in flight from her brutal husband, Margaretha reinvents herself: she becomes the temple dancer Mata Hari - dressed in veils, admired by Diaghilev, performing for the crowned heads of Europe.

Tender, subtle and intensely erotic, Murphy's retelling of an iconic story is a haunting portrait of love and treachery.
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SIGNED, MATA HARI is critically acclaimed US author Yannick Murphy's fourth book. She lives in Vermont with her husband and three children.