The Collector's Daughter: A Novel of the Discovery of Tutankhamun's Tomb
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About the Author
Gill Paul is an author of historical fiction, specialising in relatively recent history. She has written two novels about the last Russian royal family: The Secret Wife, published in 2016, which tells the story of cavalry officer Dmitri Malama and Grand Duchess Tatiana, the second daughter of Russia's last tsar; and The Lost Daughter, published in October 2018, that tells of the attachment Grand Duchess Maria formed with a guard in the house in Ekaterinburg where the family was held from April to July 1918.
Gill's other novels include Another Woman's Husband, about links you may not have been aware of between Wallis Simpson, later Duchess of Windsor, and Diana, Princess of Wales; Women and Children First, about a young steward who works on the Titanic; The Affair, set in Rome in 1961-62 as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton fall in love while making Cleopatra; and No Place for a Lady, about two Victorian sisters who travel out to the Crimean War of 1854-56 and face challenges beyond anything they could have imagined.
Consummate historical fiction writer Paul (Jackie and Maria) has crafted another binge-worthy novel that will enthrall readers.--Library Journal
"The Collector's Daughter is absolutely glorious. This beautiful novel, exploring the extraordinary life of Lady Evelyn Herbert, and the secrets of Tutankhamun's tomb, oozes with emotion, glamour, and mystery...I was entranced at every step. Gill's writing is utterly transportative and entirely addictive. I cannot rave about this novel enough."--Jenny Ashcroft, author of Meet Me in Bombay
"This is a riveting novel that peels away the mysteries around King Tut's discovery and twisted my stomach into tight knots as I raced through its pages. Gill Paul recreates this glamorous and turbulent moment of history with superb skill... Hugely touching and addictive. I absolutely loved it."--Kate Furnivall, author of The Survivors
"Riveting, emotional and completely fabulous. Lady Eve's fascinating and poignant story held me spellbound. Gill Paul has done it again!"--Tracy Rees, author of The House at Silvermoor
"From the very first chapter of The Collector's Daughter, Gill Paul draws you in to the exotic worlds of Lady Evelyn Herbert, the first person to enter Tutankamun's tomb, and the alarming reverberations of those early adventures through the rest of her life. I didn't want it to end."--Liz Trenow, author of Under a Wartime Sky
"A beautiful and evocative retelling of the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun...Gill Paul's sensual exploration of this famous event travels across five decades, asking whether the tragedies that followed were due to curse or coincidence, and giving fresh life to this most beguiling corner of history. Unputdownable!"--Sarah Steele, author of The Missing Pieces of Nancy Moon
Gill Paul weaves an intriguing tale about an historical mystery we know, and a woman we don't... Wonderfully compelling from beginning to end, The Collector's Daughter will mesmerize its readers as much as the lure of ancient treasures mesmerized these famous Egyptologists. An absolute delight!--Hazel Gaynor, New York Times bestselling author of When We Were Young & Brave
"We unravel Lady Evelyn Herbert's story along with her as she sorts through blank spaces where memory once resided, and tells a fascinating tale of exploration, adventure, tragedy and emotion in an effort to recall who she is. A very compelling read that will have you mesmerized!"--Eliza Knight, USA Today bestselling author of The Mayfair Bookshop
This is a compelling story, impeccably researched, with a delicious sense of time and place, that combine to bring the historical characters to vivid life... It deals with the big questions too: What is true? Memory versus history, and how we block out the past. I loved that.--Dinah Jefferies, international bestselling author of The Tea Planter's Daughter
Gill Paul's real strengths lie in giving female historical figures a voice. She is such an empathetic writer and colored Eve's life in with warmth and compassion. Really emotional, unique read and beautifully told. It's made me want to catch a whiff of that tomb and the mysterious poisoned oil."--Kate Thompson, author of Secrets of the Lavender Girls