Based on Lucie Duff Gordon's Letters from Egypt, this is a lushly evocative period novel.
Absorbing, intimate, Pullinger's story of a loyal English maidservant's awakening during a journey to an 1860s Egypt in turmoil is also a subtle observation of the play of power and love
The Mistress of Nothing serves up spicy passion and romance and biting social comment in one delicious dish. Kate Pullinger's fascinating novel brings 1860s Cairo and Luxor to life, not as an Orientalist fantasy, but as they might actually have been
The fascination of her deft narrative lies partly in the contrast made between then and now, and partly in the satisfaction of participating in one woman's determination to survive
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