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Diana, by Tony
I first met Diana at a party in her Yorkshire mother's house: I thought she was lovely, a great dancer – and a total fantasist. She told me tall stories about her childhood in northern Pakistan, about her great-grandfather having been hanged by the British, about her aristocratic white Russian grandmother who had escaped back to Russia after the Revolution, about her grandfather being murdered in his bed, about the huge cave in her father's mountain with an ancient Buddhist temple inside and about daily life in the Frontier with its cast of hermaphrodite servants being swung from ceiling fans, deaf and dumb butlers, drivers recently gaoled with their camels, and the princely palace she played in.
Looking as she did – more, like a beautiful Swede than my image of a subcontinental – made it all the easier to dismiss Diana's stories as an update of The Arabian Nights.
A few months later I accompanied her Pashtun father from the UK overland to Pakistan. There I found that everything that Diana had told me was in fact true: there actually was a White Russian grandmother, a Buddhist cave, an uncle who was a Nawab with not just one, but several palaces, and even a deaf and dumb butler.
After many creative adventures and travels together over the years we decided to write The Moonstone Legacy Trilogy. Like Diana's childhood tales, it turned out to be more true to life than you might at first think...
Tony, by Diana
I first met Tony at my older sister's 21st. He had a lot more hair then. He sweetly defended me against my sister's condescending boyfriend, which was a good start! Since we have shared so many creative journeys physical and metaphysical, musical and visual. The Moonstone Legacy Trilogy is the culmination of pretty much everything we've done together philosophically, spiritually, physically and virtually – such fun! We had to do it, it was written!
Diana de Gunzburg (D) & Tony Wild (T) talk about the question they are asked most frequently – how do you work together? – and how they might respond...
D It's true that we feed of each other's energy in a very good way and I know that neither of us could have written this trilogy without the other - it's impossible, not just because of writing together, but the whole thing.
D It works on a more metaphysical level - we could talk about metaphysics, it's my new buzzword, I could talk about that...
T Well go on, talk about that.
D Well then it's impossible to have come up with this – well no that's a bit... So we certainly couldn't have written this book solo, either of us, not just because we would be incapable of writing the story, either of us, because neither of us would be, but on a metaphysical level the interchange of energy produced ideas and developed ideas in motion that couldn't have developed without that exchange (pause) that wouldn't have developed without that exchange.
D And that's a good thing to say as it's very much what we're talking about in Lizzy's (authors' shorthand for The Moonstone Legacy Trilogy ) too.
D And I get my favourite word of the moment – metaphysical – out there. So that's what I'd say. Whaddya say?
T Well yes, I agree but I also think it's um...it's a matter of personalities as well...
D Also I think because it's a male female writing partnership.
D That's special, an essential part of it.
T I said to Thoby (mutual friend) who was asking about how we work together ...I said that you make sure that everything is live and direct and in the present which is not my strength at all...
T And so you sort of drag it back into the present. I attend to the nuts and bolts, stuff like that, and make sure it's all tickety-boo and running smoothly...
D Yeah, yeah
T Then you come and mess it up and make it live as a result.
D Well that sounds pretty good, say that.
An action-packed adventurous tale with an added magical touch of the mystical dancing across the pages. A treat of three books in one, we follow brave and capable Lizzy from the age of 14 as she struggles to break a family curse. Short punchy chapters and beautiful descriptive detailing make this extremely readable. Travelling from Yorkshire to London, India and Spain, each location is vividly brought to life, along with the difficulties Lizzy faces. Occasionally there are sudden or unexplained additions or changes which creates a further edge to proceedings. Murder, intrigue, and excitement abound, however, there are reminders of the intolerance and discrimination that can be found on the different branches of life. As you follow the moon in each of its phases through to the end, Lizzy grows in confidence and determination, ensuring a dramatic but fitting end to the adventures of the Moonstone. ~ Liz Robinson June 2015 eBook of the Month. "Mystic crystal revelation, and the mind's true liberation..." A musical / literary collaboration between Philippe Cohen Solal (Gotan Project), Horace Andy (Massive Attack) and author Diana de Gunzburg – a cover version of "The Age of Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In". In her book The Moonstone Legacy Trilogy (written with Tony Wild), the track is played by Phil Solaris, über cool DJ, at a new age, total solar eclipse event on a beach in Almeria, Spain, that coincides with the falling to earth of a meteoric diamond. This chapter of the book has now manifested into a track featuring Horace Andy singing, Diana reading (under her Muslim name, Leila), and Philippe producing (under the name Phil Solaris). December 2015 Update ... A You Tube mash-up video to go with the track has been created. And excitingly the project has just been selected by Coalition Climat 21 (a worldwide climate protest movement) as their anthem for the COP 21 talks and shared with the 130+ affiliated groups worldwide. Quite a journey.
June 2010 Book of the Month. Beginning where Wilkie Collins’ classic left off, it’s hard to believe The Moonstone Legacy is a debut for the quality of the writing is exceptional and has a real timeless quality about it. The story itself is a terrific mix of mysterious quest and compelling family saga. Although a contemporary novel, it visits the cultures of both East and West, following what appears to be the accidental death, on the full moon, of 14 year old Lizzy Abercrombie’s mother. As Lizzy discovers her mother’s death could be linked to a family curse she also uncovers the terrible past of an ancestor who lived in north-west India. The reader will become more and more enveloped in the story of Lizzy’s quest to find out whether her mother’s death was an accident and you can almost see and hear the sights and sounds around you. As Lizzy puts herself in mortal danger to find out the truth, you will be utterly gripped to the pages.