When Angelica Kauffman arrives in London as a young woman in 1766, she is so successful that a new word is coined: Angelicamad. Many years later in Rome, as an old lady, she is afraid of the new century which is destroying the world she knew. Napoleon’s armies are storming Italy and she expects her work […]
In her ambitious and powerful seventh novel, Miranda Miller returns to Bethlem Hospital – Bedlam – where she left the eponymous heroine of her last, Nina in Utopia. Here we meet the celebrated Victorian painter Richard Dadd, confined to the hospital after committing patricide, who is haunted by vicious fairies, his dead father and the […]
A breathtakingly original novel of time travel, Bedlam, and a mad Victorian painter London, 1854: Nina, the wife of an ambitious doctor, is heavily traumatized by the death of her young daughter and finds herself mysteriously transported 150 years into the future. A tourist in the 21st century, she believes she is witnessing a Utopia, […]
Miranda Miller’s fifth novel, is a literary fantasy, a twenty-first century version of Faust. In 1923, in a West End restaurant, Jenny, a music hall chanteuse, signs a contract with Leo, her lover, a mysterious conjuror: she will look 25 forever in return for loving him. To explain her failure to age, Jenny reinvents herself […]
This book, my only excursion into non-fiction, came out of my concern about the growing problem of homelessness. During the first decade of the Thatcher government beggars and homeless people appeared in large numbers on the streets of London. Families were usually given temporary housing in hotels. In order to see what conditions inside the […]
I lived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from 1983 – 85. These short stories describe the curious lives of expatriate women in a country where women are not allowed to drive, wear normal Western clothes or eat in public with a man they are not married or related to. Strains appear in marriages and women who […]
In this dystopian novel I tried to predict what Thatcher’s policies would have on London. Simon, a young architect whose life collapsed when his wife committed suicide, works as a volunteer in a shanty town in Wandsworth called Smiles, where the poor live in an ocean of mud and sewage on UN rations and cholera […]
Anna, a drama teacher, and Geoff, an unemployed actor, have been living together for a few years when she becomes pregnant. Geoff suddenly gets a part in a popular soap opera. Their roles, and lives, have to change.
Louise is a young opera singer who goes to Rome to study singing under the formidable Anna di Matteo. She falls in love with Anna’s nephew, Paolo, and is drawn into the claustrophobic life of the di Mattei. Louise gradually realises that Paolo is a neoFascist terrorist.
Sarah and Jeremy are a young couple who are splitting up. The first part of the novel is narrated by Sarah, the second half is narrated by Jeremy and they have very different versions of the same events. Sarah is troubled by dreams . This theme of confusion between dreams or visions and reality runs […]