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THE JOYCE GIRL
This literary historical debut is now on submission with 9 leading UK publishers (we are expecting first offer this coming Friday) as well as several French publishers.
THE JOYCE GIRL is classy, intelligent writing led by a strong female voice.
Set in 1920s Paris, Zurich and London, THE JOYCE GIRL is a beautiful fictionalisation of Lucia Joyce's life.
It masterfully explores the anguish of thwarted ambition and love, and the damage wrought by living in the shadow of a genius.
In rich and engaging language, Annabel brings to light the untold tale of James Joyce's daughter who was erased from the family history due to her confinement in a mental institution for the most part of her life. Mischievous and petulant, intelligent but sometimes naive, the novel gives a distinctive voice to Lucia, a former dancer, painter and so called 'muse' to her father's genius, who was victim of a time that couldn't comprehend free-spirited women.
THE JOYCE GIRL follows in the footsteps of several bestsellers about women who inhabited the same time and space as Lucia Joyce.
Paula McLain (THE PARIS WIFE)
Therese Anne Fowler (Z: A NOVEL OF ZELDA FITZGERALD)
with a touch of Naomi Wood (MRS. HEMINGWAY)
Annabel is a fresh new voice in British literature with a huge potential to enter major literary prizes.
The m.s on submission has been longlisted, shortlisted and taken first prize in several competitions including the Bath Novel Award 2015 and the Caledonia Novel Award 2014.
'Annabel Abbs has found a gripping and little-known story at the heart of one of the 20th century’s most astonishing creative moments,
researched it deeply, and brought the extraordinary Joyce family and their circle in 1920s Paris to richly-imagined life.'
– Emma Darwin, author of Sunday Times bestseller A Secret Alchemy, and the multi award-winning The Mathematics of Love
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