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    Michelle Moran(Author)

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From the internationally bestselling author of Nefertiti comes a captivating novel about the infamous Mata Hari, exotic dancer, adored courtesan, and, possibly, infamous spy.

Paris, 1917. The notorious dancer Mata Hari sits in a cold cell awaiting freedom . . . or death. Alone and despondent, Mata Hari is as confused as the rest of the world about the charges she's been arrested on: treason leading to the deaths of thousands of French soldiers.

As Mata Hari waits for her fate to be decided, she relays the story of her life to a reporter who is allowed to visit her in prison. Beginning with her carefree childhood, Mata Hari recounts her father's cruel abandonment of her family as well her calamitous marriage to a military officer. Taken to the island of Java, Mata Hari refuses to be ruled by her abusive husband and instead learns to dance, paving the way to her stardom as Europe's most infamous exotic dancer.

From lush Indian temples and glamorous Parisian theatres to stark German barracks in war-torn Europe, Moran brings to vibrant life the famed world of Mata Hari: dancer, courtesan, and possibly, spy.

Filled with fascinating historical details about a subject that is not often portrayed . . . Readers who have enjoyed Moran's previous works will not want to miss this (Library Journal on The Last Queen of India)Beautifully written with captivating characters with whom the readers can admire and identify (Good Book Guide on The Last Queen of India)

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  • PDF | 368 pages
  • Michelle Moran(Author)
  • Quercus (6 April 2017)
  • English
  • 7
  • Romance

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  • By Janeymac73 on 13 April 2017

    Am torn with this. Found it difficult to have any sympathy with the character who seemed to go out of her way to be as awful as possible. It was well written but am unconvinced that is the true story of Mata Hari

  • By Louise on 10 August 2016

    Loved every minute, another fantastic novel by Moran to feed my fascination of learning about historical women and the times they lived in :)

  • By Guest on 13 June 2017

    perhaps she was stupid rather than guilty

  • By james kendall on 27 August 2017

    very well written story, but also very sad.

  • By Bloomin' Brilliant Books on 28 July 2016

    I have to admit that I did not know a lot about Mata Hari prior to reading this book, however I was intrigued by the tagline ‘Dancer. Lover. Spy’ and knew I had to read it. I am so glad I did!Mata Hari led an extremely interesting life! Michelle admits at the end of the book that the truth about her is questionable as she told so many tales, Mata Hari appeared to be an accomplished liar and a fantastic story teller. This makes the tale more fascinating. Written in first person narrative I love the way that Michelle, at the beginning of the book, gives us snippets as to the realities of her life. While we hear her telling people the things she wants them to hear, as an aside we get glimpses of the truth. How she hoodwinked people is truly amazing.I started out not knowing if I would feel sympathetic towards Mata Hari - was she grasping and merely out for what she could get or a woman simply doing what she could to survive? Michelle evoked understanding and a degree of empathy from me and I would like to think it was the latter. Her naiveté comes through at the outbreak of World War One and I felt that she was not the calculating woman I initially believed her to be.I was pulled further into the book by Michelle’s descriptions of the various different European cities Mata Hari visited. Her prose evokes a strong sense of time and place, and I enjoyed being transported away while reading this book.I finished this book with a lump in my throat and a huge sense of sadness, this ends up being a truly tragic tale. Without giving anything away for those who are not familiar with Mata Hari, I was gob smacked by how she was used and treated.A great book about an incredibly interesting woman, this book makes for an absorbing read and is really brought to life by Michelle’s writing. Highly recommended.Thank you to Michelle Moran and Quercus for the copy in exchange for my honest opinion and for inviting me to take part in this blog tour.


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