Hello, Sunshine’s, I am delighted to be helping celebrate the release of The Collector’s Daughter by Gill Paul. I was lucky to be gifted a print copy from the publisher, which I am currently reading and loving – I will be sharing my review later.
But, first I wanted to share this gorgeous book with you all and to say happy publication day to Gill.
About the Book
The Collector’s Daughter by Gill Paul.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Bestselling author Gill Paul returns with a brilliant novel about Lady Evelyn Herbert, the woman who took the very first step into the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, and who lived in the real Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle, and the long after-effects of the Curse of Pharaohs.
Lady Evelyn Herbert was the daughter of the Earl of Carnarvon, brought up in stunning Highclere Castle. Popular and pretty, she seemed destined for a prestigious marriage, but she had other ideas. Instead, she left behind the world of society balls and chaperones to travel to the Egyptian desert, where she hoped to become a lady archaeologist, working alongside her father and Howard Carter in the hunt for an undisturbed tomb.
In November 1922, their dreams came true when they discovered the burial place of Tutankhamun, packed full of gold and unimaginable riches, and she was the first person to crawl inside for three thousand years. She called it the “greatest moment” of her life—but soon afterwards everything changed, with a string of tragedies that left her world a darker, sadder place.
Newspapers claimed it was “the curse of Tutankhamun,” but Howard Carter said no rational person would entertain such nonsense. Yet fifty years later, when an Egyptian academic came asking questions about what really happened in the tomb, it unleashed a new chain of events that seemed to threaten the happiness Eve had finally found.
Gill Paul’s real strengths lie in giving female historical figures a voice. She is such an empathetic writer and colored Eve’s life in with warmth and compassion. Really emotional, unique read and beautifully told. It’s made me want to catch a whiff of that tomb and the mysterious poisoned oil.”–Kate Thompson, author of Secrets of the Lavender Girls
“This is a riveting novel that peels away the mysteries around King Tut’s discovery and twisted my stomach into tight knots as I raced through its pages. Gill Paul recreates this glamorous and turbulent moment of history with superb skill… Hugely touching and addictive. I absolutely loved it.”–Kate Furnivall, author of The Survivors
Consummate historical fiction writer Paul (Jackie and Maria) has crafted another binge-worthy novel that will enthrall readers.–Library Journal
In her latest, Gill Paul has mined an inspiring real-life heroine and unexplored time period to brilliant effect. With exquisitely drawn characters, Paul weaves a tale that’s moving and deeply atmospheric, crossing full decades while making the reader feel the heart-pounding race of time. A story not to be missed.–Michelle Gable, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Apartment
“We unravel Lady Evelyn Herbert’s story along with her as she sorts through blank spaces where memory once resided, and tells a fascinating tale of exploration, adventure, tragedy and emotion in an effort to recall who she is. A very compelling read that will have you mesmerized!”–Eliza Knight, USA Today bestselling author of The Mayfair Bookshop
This is a compelling story, impeccably researched, with a delicious sense of time and place, that combine to bring the historical characters to vivid life… It deals with the big questions too: What is true? Memory versus history, and how we block out the past. I loved that.--Dinah Jefferies, international bestselling author of The Tea Planter’s Daughter
“The Collector’s Daughter is absolutely glorious. This beautiful novel, exploring the extraordinary life of Lady Evelyn Herbert, and the secrets of Tutankhamun’s tomb, oozes with emotion, glamour, and mystery…I was entranced at every step. Gill’s writing is utterly transportative and entirely addictive. I cannot rave about this novel enough.”–Jenny Ashcroft, author of Meet Me in Bombay
“A beautiful and evocative retelling of the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun…Gill Paul’s sensual exploration of this famous event travels across five decades, asking whether the tragedies that followed were due to curse or coincidence, and giving fresh life to this most beguiling corner of history. Unputdownable!”–Sarah Steele, author of The Missing Pieces of Nancy Moon
“From the very first chapter of The Collector’s Daughter, Gill Paul draws you in to the exotic worlds of Lady Evelyn Herbert, the first person to enter Tutankamun’s tomb, and the alarming reverberations of those early adventures through the rest of her life. I didn’t want it to end.”--Liz Trenow, author of Under a Wartime Sky
“Riveting, emotional and completely fabulous. Lady Eve’s fascinating and poignant story held me spellbound. Gill Paul has done it again!”–Tracy Rees, author of The House at Silvermoor
Gill Paul weaves an intriguing tale about an historical mystery we know, and a woman we don’t… Wonderfully compelling from beginning to end, The Collector’s Daughter will mesmerize its readers as much as the lure of ancient treasures mesmerized these famous Egyptologists. An absolute delight!–Hazel Gaynor, New York Times bestselling author of When We Were Young & Brave
About the Author
Gill Paul is the bestselling author of ten historical novels, many of them describing real women she thinks have been marginalized or misjudged by historians. They include THE COLLECTOR’S DAUGHTER, about Lady Evelyn Herbert, the first person to enter Tutankhamun’s tomb in modern times; JACKIE AND MARIA (retitled THE SECOND MARRIAGE in the UK) about Maria Callas and Jackie Kennedy’s rivalry over Aristotle Onassis; two bestselling novels about the Romanovs – THE SECRET WIFE and THE LOST DAUGHTER – as well as WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST, which was shortlisted for the 2013 RNA Epic Novel of the Year award, NO PLACE FOR A LADY, shortlisted for a Love Stories award, and ANOTHER WOMAN’S HUSBAND, about links you might not have suspected between Wallis Simpson and Princess Diana. Her novels have reached the top of the USA Today, Toronto Globe & Mail and kindle charts, and been translated into twenty-one languages.
Gill also writes historical non-fiction, including A HISTORY OF MEDICINE IN 50 OBJECTS, and she speaks at libraries and literary festivals on subjects ranging from Tutankhamun to the Romanovs.
Gill lives in London, where she is working on her twelfth novel, and she swims daily in an outdoor pond.