Ellis, Julie A Woman for All Seasons

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A Woman for All Seasons

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An epic 20th-century saga of family values and artistic ambition, set against the backdrop of the earliest days of Hollywood.

In this vintage Julie Ellis novel, a strong woman fights for her family’s survival and to keep her own integrity in a fast-changing world.

Elisabeth Woolf is born into a rich London family, raised in privileged surroundings by her doting but domineering father. He has definite ideas about how a young Edwardian lady should behave; they do not include higher education, nor attending the theatre. Yet, at seventeen, Elisabeth meets and falls in love with a young actor not of her own faith. Before she realises the full consequences of such a perilous action, she is made an outcast.

She flees with her young lover to Melbourne, where he has been offered work. Here Elisabeth discovers her own talent for acting. But before she can establish her career, tragedy intervenes and she must escape again, this time to the USA. Now it seems that nobody wants stage actresses, but in California there is talk of some strange new medium: cinema.

From the First World War to the 1950s, Elisabeth and her descendants are at the heart of the emerging entertainment industry, from the silent movies, through talkies, early radio broadcasts and the very first days of television. Despite the scandals, struggles and pressures that threaten her professional survival, Elisabeth proves that she is truly a woman for all seasons.

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‘Julie Ellis writes with a fluent historical perspective [and] keeps the story brewing heady and strong’
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‘Compelling’
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Elisabeth Woolf is born into a rich Jewish family in Edwardian London, where she is raised in privileged comfort by her doting but domineering father. He has definite ideas about how a young lady should behave; they do not include higher education or visits to the theatre. Yet Elisabeth defies him, and meets an intriguing young actor with whom she falls in love. Tradition dictates that a girl should marry a suitable partner of her father's choice, but Elisabeth cannot contemplate such a thing now that she has given her heart. Before she truly realizes the consequences of her action, she is made an outcast.

The young couple flee to Melbourne, where Elisabeth discovers her own talent for acting. Just as she is poised for artistic success, tragedy intervenes and she must escape again, this time for America. Nobody wants stage actresses; nobody has heard of Melbourne. Elisabeth, however, is not easily discouraged. For in California there is talk of an exciting new medium: cinema.

From the First World War to the 1950s, Elisabeth and her descendants are at the heart of the emerging entertainment industry, from silent movies to talkies, from early radio broadcasts to the first days of television. Despite the scandals of Hollywood decadence and pressures that threaten her professional survival, Elisabeth proves that she is truly a woman for all seasons.

Julie Ellis is the bestselling author of, among other novels, 'The Only Sin, Commitment, Far To Go' and 'Passionate Obsession.' She is an avid conservationist and a full-time writer. She lives in Manhattan. 'Publishers Weekly' hailed her as a "master of the genre."

"Ellis has an excellent eye for changing lifestyles"
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"Compelling"
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

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