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Daisy Waugh was our Guest Editor in September 2013 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.
Daisy Waugh is a journalist and travel writer. She has worked as an agony aunt and as a restaurant critic. She was a teacher at a girl’s school in Northern Kenya and has also written a weekly column from Los Angeles about her attempts to become a Hollywood scriptwriter. Daisy and her family of five live in London.
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December 2014 Book of the Month. Set in 1913 and 1933 in Colorado and Hollywood amid the miners’ strike and unrest and later the opulent life of the film industry. At the centre of the tale is an unsolved murder which eventually is solved in quite an ingenious way. Our murdered victim was a strong supporter of the labour movement and there is lots of fascinating detail of that period, of the poverty and hunger plus the lives of prostitutes in the 1913s. It is based on a real event.
September 2013 Book of the Month. Hollywood in the late 20s, its glory days of glamour, wealth and decadence contrasted against New York in 1911 and the hardship of the immigrants. This is a very absorbing work indeed, quite a change for this author, bigger and more ambitious than is her norm, a lovely period beautifully portrayed in an evocative, gripping read. The Lovereading view... Daisy Waugh's latest novel, set in the heady days before the 1929 Wall Street Crash, is an engaging story of love, fame and glamour and how far you are willing to go to get it. On the surface Max and Eleanor Beecham are a sucessful society couple but under the surface their business and personal lives are a dysfunctional mess - but can an invite to the year's most glamorous party give them a chance to change? A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher... 'Daisy Waugh’s book, Melting the Snow on Hester Street, is one of my favourite books of the year. The writing is very elegant and cinematic - I had such a strong sense of the glamour and hedonism of 1920s Hollywood when I was reading it; how people were seduced into feeling that they were invincible, then how brutally they were destroyed by the horrifying, slow-motion implosion of the Wall Street Crash. There's also a lesser-known true story woven into the plot about the illegal exploitation of immigrants in New York, forced to work in inhuman conditions to feed the excesses of the age. It is unimaginably shocking and tragic, yet so startling close to the news stories about exploitation that we still read today.I found myself really rooting for the two main characters, Max and Eleanor - although they are very flawed people who have made mistakes, their love for each other and their family made me feel that they deserved some kind of redemption. It’s been compared to The Great Gatsby, which is definitely praise it deserves! But in the final realisation that out of desolation comes strength, there’s a close link to Tender is the Night – there is an enduring lesson for everyone in this haunting, elegantly written novel.' - Claire Palmer, Assistant Editor, HarperFiction
April 2013 eBook of the Month. Daisy Waugh's latest novel, set in the heady days before the 1929 Wall Street Crash, is an engaging story of love, fame and glamour and how far you are willing to go to get it. On the surface Max and Eleanor Beecham are a sucessful society couple but under the surface their business and personal lives are a dysfunctional mess - but can an invite to the year's most glamorous party give them a chance to change?
A bittersweet love story set in the 1920s that's historically accurate in both time and place and beautifully crafted in terms both of its writing and its story. But will the world's most desired film star and his lost love have their Hollywood happy ending?
This author, who started her writing career with light frothy capers, has matured. Astute, feel-good, irresistibly readable, this is a tale of village infighting wonderfully observed. Full of true-to-life characters, a scenario you care about and large dollops of comedy, it’s a tale of modern rural life delivered with charm. You’ll love it. Did you know she is Auberon’s daughter, so Evelyn’s granddaughter? Comparisons: India Knight, Adele Parks, Allison PearsonSimilar this month: Claudia Carroll, Lou Wakefield.