Stella Duffy’s The Purple Shroud reviewed in the Guardian

Stella Duffy, who will be speaking as part of the ‘Women Writing Today’ panel at the festival, has had her latest novel ‘The Purple Shroud’ reviewed in the Guardian.

The Purple Shroud‘ continues the story of her last book, ‘Theodora: actress, empress, whore‘.

In the first novel, we follow the path of Theodora as she moves from the theatres and underworld of Constantinople to the desert and the palace of the Augusta. The Purple Shroud tells the tale of her life as wife of the Emperor, as the pair of them deal with war, riots, jealousy and plague.

Both books envelop you in the world of sixth century Constantinople and beyond. The sights, the smells, the sounds of the city come alive in Duffy’s writing. And the characterisation of Theodora herself is beautifully written – she comes alive on every page.

We’ll be publishing a full review here shortly, but in the meantime enjoy the Guardian review and if you haven’t bought both books yet – do it now!

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