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The Red Dancer

Richard Skinner

Love, sex, infamy and betrayal: the story of one of the greatest female icons of the twentieth century, Mata Hari.

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£8.99
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571333233
Date Published
05.10.2017
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Summary

A new edition of Richard Skinner’s classic novel about the life of Mati Hari, released to coincide with the 100-year anniversary of her death, October 2017.

When Margaretha Zelle, a young woman living in The Hague, answers a lonely hearts advertisement she becomes drawn into a relationship with an army captain twice her age. After a hasty wedding, they depart for Indonesia, where the marriage collapses amid infidelity and violence. Seeking a new life, Margaretha returns to Europe and travels to Paris, where she adopts the stage name Mata Hari, reinventing herself as an exotic dancer. In her new role she attracts the attention of numerous admirers, many of whom are officers, ready to share their secrets with a woman of notorious allure and intrigue, as Europe lurches towards explosive conflict.

RichardSkinner

Richard Skinner is a novelist, poet and critic. His most recent book, The Mirror, was described as ‘beautifully written . . . immersive . . . captivating’ by the Guardian. As Director of the Fiction Programme at Faber Academy, he created the flagship ‘Writing a Novel’ six-month course in 2009 and since then has helped hundreds of writers find their…

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