Purveyor of Enchantment
'Marika Cobbold is an exceptional novelist'
'Wonderfully funny, with a strong undertow ... a joy to read.'
'I strongly recommend The Purveyor of Enchantment'
Alice Thomas Ellis, Daily Mail
Why, are we so worried, women in particular? In the western
developed world we have never had it easier; we live longer
healthier, wealthier lives than any previous generation, and
yet it seems that most of us also worry more. We worry about
our health, and our children, about crime and about growing
old and anything and everything in between.
That question gave me the idea for The Purveyor of Enchantment and
its heroine, Clementine Hope, researcher of fairytales and
world class worrier.
Clementine is newly divorced, thirty- something, and sharing
her house with her much younger half sister Ophelia. 'Have
you ever wondered,' Clementine asks her sister, 'why all the
females in our family are named after women who died young?'
And when Ophelia, in turn, asks Clementine if there's anything
she is not frightened of, Clementine has to think for
a while before replying, 'Doris Day.'
Then, in the midst of a real crisis, Clementine feels almost
relieved; the disaster she has so long predicted had finally
occurred. Liberated, she turns from victim to heroine, slays
her personal dragon of fears and rescues her own Prince Charming.