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Works by Samantha Ellis

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A Lady and Her Husband (1914) — Preface, some editions — 50 copies
Slightly Foxed 46: Grecian Hours (2015) — Contributor — 19 copies

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Gender
female
Nationality
UK
Country (for map)
UK
Birthplace
London, England, UK
Places of residence
London, England, UK
Education
Cambridge University (Queens' College)
Occupations
playwright
journalist
Short biography
Samantha Ellis is a playwright and journalist. The daughter of Iraqi-Jewish refugees, she grew up thinking her family had travelled everywhere by magic carpet. From an early age she knew she didn’t want their version of a happy ending – marriage to a nice Iraqi-Jewish boy – so she read books to find out what she did want. Her plays include Patching Havoc, Sugar and Snow and Cling To Me Like Ivy, and she is a founding member of women’s theatre company Agent 160. She lives in London.

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Such an ingenious way to frame memoir, through the books you loved as you grew up. This is a book about an interesting woman and the fictional women that influenced her and kept her company along the way. I also picked up quite a few books recs from this.
 
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autumndragyn | 20 other reviews | Nov 23, 2023 |
An interesting read and has made me realise there are lots of books I have not read
 
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LisaBergin | 20 other reviews | Apr 12, 2023 |
The author, a playwright and a first-generation Iraqi Jew raised in London, views her life history through the lens of fictional heroines. I gleaned some new insights from the literary criticism at the heart of this book, but I couldn’t get past the gimmicky vibe of a grown woman searching for a role model in the pages of fiction. I can accept that the author may have experienced a delayed adolescence as a result of her sheltered upbringing. However, adults in their mid- to late-thirties should be past the stage of life where you try on different personality traits until you find your niche. I suspect that’s true for this author, and that her life story is retrofitted to the pitch for this book.… (more)
 
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cbl_tn | 20 other reviews | Dec 26, 2022 |
Oh this book! I really feared to read it -- that it would be dull, that it would be sappy or disappointing. But no. Samantha successfully holds the balance between personal memoir and literary critique. It's wonderful to read, and delightful to watch her intelligent, thoughtful reexaminations of the books that had such emotional impact for her growing up. Not only does it make me want to rexamine some of my own heroines, it's finally a feel-good woman's book that doesn't end in marriage, or rely on romantic love for personal completion. I always wondered what that would look like, and it's something of a relief to find it so beautifully triumphant.

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