Praise for The Mistress of Nothing
“A lush and compelling tale of two very different women discovering a whole new world.”
"In making the choice to go with real names and then play fast and loose with the facts, Pullinger has set herself a challenge that also pays rich dividends. The remarkable life of Lucie Duff Gordon deserves renewed attention, and Pullinger's novel about this unconventional literary figure's even more unconventional maid yields some moving narrative which, whether factual or not, rings utterly true."
- The Globe and Mail
“A subtle debunking of a literary mistress through the eyes of the maidservant... Deft and unfussily written.”
-Elizabeth Buchan, Sunday Times
“Intriguing... unusual and very absorbing.”
“Pullinger's narrative flows as smoothly as the Nile whose density and odour she so seductively evokes.”
-Nicholas Murray, Independent
“A fascinating story... there is much to admire in this unusual love story.”
-Independent on Sunday
“This is a fascinating, intelligent novel, exploring the snobbery upon which the sun never set.”
“Beautifully told and moving.”
“Pullinger’s involving novel seamlessly blends fact and fiction, combining the heady romance of Egypt with a cold splash of realism.”
“Pullinger is equally unerring at conveying the subtle cruelties of power relationships and the incremental dawnings of love and affection. Coupled with this is an almost painterly ability to depict an Egypt alternately parched and sumptuous – both literally and metaphorically.”
"...a great recipe for romance and tragedy baked in the blistering oven of British morals and prejudice... full of colorful descriptions and appeals to the emotions."