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My Notorious Life by Kate Manning
  

My Notorious Life

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March 2014 Book of the Month.

Told by Madam X herself, one Axie Muldoon, this vivid tale is based on a true one. Axie’s voice is angry, urgent, colourful and descriptive. Despite the title and at times her language, she is not a prostitute. She is a midwife only she can, on the side, perform illegal abortions too. We are in 19th century America. Axie is an orphan who through grit and determination becomes prosperous, serving the rich of New York as well as the poor girls in the back streets. She is quite a character.

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My Notorious Life by Kate Manning

'In the end, they celebrated. They bragged. They got me finally, was their feeling. They said I would take my secrets to the grave. They should be so lucky.' Defiant and daring, Axie Muldoon claws her way from the streets up to the dizzying heights of New York society. But as her fame grows and her name hits the headlines, her reputation as the most scandalous midwife of her time begins to threaten everything she holds dear. And one crusading official will not rest until he has brought about the downfall of 'Madame X'. It will take all of Axie's cunning to save both herself and those she loves from ruin...

Reviews

A glorious, grotty version of Call the Midwife set in the backstreets of nineteenth-century New York and starring a rambunctious heroine called Axie Muldoon, My Notorious Life is an angry, colourful page-turner - Metro

Not just a splendidly page-turning story of an angry orphan clawing her way up in the world, but a gripping docu-drama about women's business (in several senses) in nineteenth-century America ... Unflinchingly memorable - Emma Donoghue, author of Room

Manning's sophisticated, intelligent novel is brought to life by the vivid voice in which her central character tells her own story - Sunday Times

Both riveting and morally intriguing - Stylist

A gripping tale told in a fiery, compelling voice - Elle Magazine

About the Author

Kate Manning

A former documentary television producer (and winner of two Emmy Awards and an Edward R. Murrow Award), Kate Manning has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, Glamour and More, among other publications. She is the author of Whitegirl, a novel, and is an adjunct faculty member of the English Department at Bard High School Early College. She lives with her family in New York City.

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Publication date

13th March 2014

Author

Kate Manning

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Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Format

Paperback
448 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Books of the Month
Family Drama
Romantic Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781408835678

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