JourneyWoman Book Club: Egypt (Mistress of Nothing), November 18, 8 pm ET


Your book club co-hosts, Wendy and Carolyn, invite you to join us for a facilitated discussion about  ‘Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger. This book was recommended by: Susan and focuses on Egypt. We’ll have an expert on Egypt join us to share an authentic perspective on the country and culture.  We loved this book and hope you do too!

Author Bio: Kate Pullinger is the author of several novels and collections of short stories and collaborated with Jane Campion on the novelization of the film The Piano. The Mistress of Nothing, winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, was her American debut. She lives in London. Visit her website at

Abstract: Kate Pullinger’s Governor General’s Literary Award-winning novel about a lady, her maid and the man that comes between them. Lady Duff Gordon is the toast of Victorian London society but when she contracts tuberculosis, she and her devoted lady’s maid, Sally, set sail for Egypt and an entirely new life. Sally and Lady Duff Gordon thrive in their new and exotic surroundings, learning Arabic, adopting native dress and visiting the tombs of ancient pharaohs. Soon, Sally adapts to this new world and to the heady freedom she’s never known before. But freedom and romance are luxuries a lady’s maid can ill afford. When Sally yearns for more than her status entitles her to, she receives a brutal reminder that she is the mistress of nothing. 

As you will soon discover, Lady Duff Gordon was a real person. Lucie, Lady Duff-Gordon (24 June 1821 – 14 July 1869) was an English author and translator who wrote as Lucie Gordon. She is best known for her Letters from Egypt, 1863–1865 (1865) and Last Letters from Egypt (1875), most of which are addressed to her husband, Alexander Duff-Gordon, and her mother, Sarah Austin. Having moved in prominent literary circles in London, she contracted tuberculosis and migrated in 1861 to South Africa for health reasons. She travelled on to Egypt in 1862 where she settled in Luxor, learnt Arabic, and wrote many letters about Egyptian culture, religion, and customs. Her letters are notable for humour, outrage at the ruling Ottomans, and many personal stories from the people around her. (Source: Wikipedia)

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About the JourneyWoman Book Club 

Each month we travel to a different country with the JourneyWoman Book Club. Sessions are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 8 pm ET. The sessions are hosted by booklovers Carolyn Ray, Publisher, JourneyWoman, and Wendy B., a long-time JourneyWoman and teacher! Discussion questions re provided about a week in advance, and we usually have an expert guest speaker who provides honest, on-the-ground insight about the place we're visiting. Book information, purchasing information (please support independent bookstores) and discussion questions are posted HERE.

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Event Details

Start date: November 18, 2020

Start time: 08:00 p.m. EST

End time: 09:00 p.m. EST

Venue: Zoom


Phone: 437.688.TRVL



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