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The English Girl: A compelling, sweeping novel of love, loss, secrets and betrayal Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Katherine Webb was born in 1977 and grew up in rural Hampshire before reading History at Durham University. She has since spent time living in London and Venice, and now lives in Wiltshire. Having worked as a waitress, au pair, personal assistant, book binder, library assistant, seller of fairy costumes and housekeeper, she now writes full time.
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With memorable characters and wonderful detail, Katherine evokes a little-known episode of British history to give a fascinating perspective on a region so much in the news today. Her depiction of the desert kingdom captures all its beauty and danger.―Vanessa Lafaye
Katherine's writing is rich, vivid and evocative and her characters breathtakingly real―Iona Grey
I loved THE ENGLISH GIRL. I was really drawn to both Maude and Joan and was completely absorbed by their exotic adventures. I thought it was a really original working of a dual narrative historical story and felt as authentically and thoroughly researched as The Night Falling. I've loved all Katherine Webb's books and this is a wonderful addition to my collection. After I finished, I found myself miss the searing heat and huge blue skies of the Omani desert.―Kate Riordan
A vivid tale of adventure, love and friendship set in '50s Arabia.―HEAT MAGAZINE --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- File size : 1732 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publication date : March 24, 2016
- Print length : 445 pages
- Publisher : Orion (March 24, 2016)
- ASIN : B0141FQV8O
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1409148521
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #715,146 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The English Girl consists of two stories. One is set in 1958, the year that Joan visits Oman. The other story is Maud's history, which begins at the start of the twentieth century. I equally loved both stories and was eager to find out more about the two women. Joan is a little bit naïve at first, but while her whole life changes because of one single incident she becomes stronger and finally she can be the woman she wants to be. Maud used to be a famous adventurer, but she now lives a quiet life in Oman. Joan is curious to find out more about her. I was as well, I couldn't wait to find out what Maud's life was like before she decided to stay in Oman. I was immediately intrigued by this remarkable woman.
The ending of the story is spectacular. I loved how Joan manages to come so close to everything she wants to achieve. Maud's story is heartbreaking and it brought tears to my eyes. Katherine Webb's descriptions of the desert, the political climate and her main characters are amazing. Her vivid writing and attention to details make the story come to life very well. The English Girl is a long story that requires time and patience from the reader which I gladly invested. It has so many layers that are all being peeled off bit by bit. A lot of research went into this book and it shows. The unusual setting fascinated me and I loved how Katherine Webb has chosen two women who are way ahead of their time as her main characters.
The English Girl is a beautiful story. There's so much power in the strength of the two main characters. I loved how headstrong and resilient they are. This book blew me away. As usual I loved Katherine Webb's writing, it always enchants me and it takes me to different worlds and times. It also makes me think, because she writes about the same incidents with views and opinions from many different angles. If you like a fantastic story with impressive main characters you will definitely enjoy The English Girl, it's absolutely brilliant.
Top reviews from other countries
I received a copy of the book yesterday and quite honestly I would have been ashamed to put it into charity shop bag let alone charge money for it. It is grubby and obviously pages have been turned by someone with dirty fingers.
I like Katherine Webb books and this one may be good but I certainly will not be reading it from this copy.
I even considered buying the real diary of Gertrude Bell, on which this book is sort of based.
Why did I know of Lawrence of Arabia and did not know about Gertrude Bell?..