The dragon lady

by Treger, Louisa,

Format: Print Book 2019
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Historic Fiction Collection FICTION Treger
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CLP - Sheraden Fiction Collection FICTION Treger
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'A daring blend of romance, crime and history, and an intelligent expos of the inherent injustice and consequences of all forms of oppression' Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions

Opening with the shooting of Lady Virginia 'Ginie' Courtauld in her tranquil garden in 1950s Rhodesia, The Dragon Lady tells Ginie's extraordinary story, so called for the exotic tattoo snaking up her leg. From the glamorous Italian Riviera before the Great War to the Art Deco glory of Eltham Palace in the thirties, and from the secluded Scottish Highlands to segregated Rhodesia in the fifties, the narrative spans enormous cultural and social change. Lady Virginia Courtauld was a boundary-breaking, colourful and unconventional person who rejected the submissive role women were expected to play.

Ostracised by society for being a foreign divorc e at the time of Edward VIII and Mrs Simpson, Ginie and her second husband ,Stephen Courtauld, leave the confines of post-war Britain to forge a new life in Rhodesia, only to find that being progressive liberals during segregation proves mortally dangerous. Many people had reason to dislike Ginie, but who had reason enough to pull the trigger?

Deeply evocative of time and place, The Dragon Lady subtly blends fact and fiction to paint the portrait of an extraordinary woman in an era of great social and cultural change.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Lady Virginia Ginie Courtauld was a unique woman a philanthropist, jet-setter, and socialite tattooed with a dragon, when only sailors indulged in such decoration. Thus the title of Treger's (The Lodger, 2014) novel, which plays fast and loose with the events of the half-Italian, half-Hungarian marchioness' life. The time line skips back and forth, from the Edwardian era to the 1990s, settling most often in 1950s Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), where the wealthy Courtaulds attempt to foster culture and further multiracial government in the colonized country. There is more than a hint of the White Savior here, and the framing device feels unnecessary and poorly utilized, as does some of the melodrama, given how extraordinary Ginie's real-life events were. The evocation of setting, however, is skillfully executed, especially in the Rhodesia sections, and the personality given Ginie is well realized in the characterization, as is her marriage with her British textile-magnate second husband. Fans of women's fiction will be drawn to Ginie's relationships and the glamour of a wealthy life lived in multiple interesting and exotic places.--Bethany Latham Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Peirano, Virginia, -- 1885-1972 -- Fiction.
Divorced women -- Fiction.
Liberalism -- Rhodesia and Nyasaland -- Fiction.
Segregation -- Fiction.
Attempted murder -- Fiction.
Self-actualization (Psychology) -- Fiction.
Rhodesia and Nyasaland -- Fiction.
Biographical fiction.
Historical fiction.
Publisher London :2019
Language English
Description 313 pages ; 23 cm
ISBN 9781448217267
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