Who is Aurora? Every time she becomes a new Mrs (three times when we last counted) she becomes a new woman. Her stepmother thinks Aurora is impractical, romantic and dreamy. The fact that she gets married so often only goes to prove it. 'Every woman owes it to herself to get married once, but you don't have to make a habit of it.' But now, all alone...? 'Aurora, given the chance to be true to herself, rather than to her trio of husbands, turns out to be a world-class minx. After Hugh's funeral, she goes to Italy to visit her old radical-feminist friend, Leonora, now the abbess of the Brigandine convent in Padenza. True to the tradition of convent-educated girls in fiction, Aurora flings herself into a voluptuous life of lunches and lovers. Chiselled phrasing and dancing plot ...a sizzling firework display of a book' Sunday Times.
First published 2004.
'Starts with a gun, ends with a bullet, and takes in a northern Italian gastronomic tour ... This is Shirley Valentine meets Room with a View: an eccentric and enjoyable romp to take to Italy and savour' Guardian 'Food, flowers, buildings, clothes, sex, all portrayed in the tender, jewelled colours of a Florentine fresco' The Times 'Michele Roberts is on sparkling form ... A story that is nimble on its feet, and plays cleverly with form and expectations' Financial Times 'Chiselled phrasing and dancing plot... A sizzling firework display of a book' Sunday Times 'A deliciously black and breezy affair, the perfect antidote to dull winter days. The scenario is that of a standard romance... but don't be deceived: Michele
Half-English/half-French, Michele Roberts was born in 1949. DAUGHTERS OF THE HOUSE (1992) was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won the W.H. Smith Literary Award. She has just been appointed Professor of Creative Writing at UEA.