"They said I was piquant. Makes you feel like chutney." – Ada

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Meet Ada, a real 19th Century modern girl. Waving a morphia cocktail and holding forth from her bed, she’s telling the story of her life on the stage and the road. And what a life.

Ada was world famous when clairvoyants, cockatoo acts and strongmen toured the world performing for everyone from royalty to riotous miners and larrikins. Lovingly researched, Kaz brings Ada’s world to life in genuine, vivid detail and gives a voice to a forgotten woman of history. A woman who couldn’t help being both fabulous and disreputable.

Everyone in this novel was a real person and we’ve got the photos to prove it. As for the story, well, you’ll want to hear Ada tell it.

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Ada is absolutely compelling, complex and real. This Lady Thesp leaps off the page and stage with a brilliant turn of phrase and a fascinating life. Laugh out loud – and heartbreaking.

- Gina Riley
  • Trade Paperback
  • 9780670077939
  • 30 October 2017
  • Viking
  • 272
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