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Exit the Actress
 
 
Author
Priya Parmar.
Publisher Touchstone  
Format as is, paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.2 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781439171172
Pages/Publication Date 446/2011
Daedalus Item Code 20259
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While selling oranges in the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, sweet and sprightly Ellen "Nell" Gwyn impresses the theater's proprietors with a wit and sparkle that belie her youth and poverty. She quickly earns a place in the company, narrowly avoiding the life of prostitution to which her sister has already succumbed. Ellen grows up on the stage in Restoration England, experiencing first love and heartbreak and eventually becoming the mistress of Charles II. Despite his reputation as a libertine, Ellen wholly captures his heart—and he hers—but even the most powerful love isn't enough to stave off the gossip and bitter court politics that accompany a royal romance. Priya Parmar's historical novel brings to life an endearing and delightful figure of 17th-century England.

"Nell is irrepressible, spunky, delightful; who wouldn't fall in love with her? Her story unfolds through diary entries, letters, news announcements, recipes. It's a tasty and often amusing confection.... I absolutely adored it."—Sandra Gulland

"A real triumph.... A vivid imagining of the restoration London of Charles II with Nell Gwynn as a powerful and engaging heroine set in the busy world of the theater. This debut novel captures the glamorous world of the amoral court and the struggle of the city. Priya Parmar is a writer to watch."—Philippa Gregory

 
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