Thanks for popping in. Proud Mum moment here. Grace has read yet another Audible book for Penguin Random House, which is being released tomorrow. The Title is “Her Lost Words”. It’s about Mary Shelley, the creator of Frankenstein, and her mother Mary Wollstonecraft. I pre-ordered it weeks ago, and cannot wait till it lands in my Audible library!!
Gracie actually read and prepped this book in January this year, when she came home for her Grandad’s funeral, and then recorded it in New York while I was in hospital. Remember she couldn’t stay in England with me any longer, and had to fly back for an important job? She had wanted to cancel this contract and stay with me, but I had told her that would upset me more than being stuck in hospital! You just never know what’s going on in a person’s life, do you?
Here is an introduction and excerpt…
ABOUT HER LOST WORDS
From A Vindication of the Rights of Woman to Frankenstein, a tale of two literary legends—a mother and daughter—discovering each other and finding themselves along the way, from USA Today bestselling author Stephanie Marie Thornton.
1792. As a child, Mary Wollstonecraft longed to disappear during her father’s violent rages. Instead, she transforms herself into the radical author of the landmark volume A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, in which she dares to propose that women are equal to men. From conservative England to the blood-drenched streets of revolutionary France, Mary refuses to bow to society’s conventions and instead supports herself with her pen until an illicit love affair challenges her every belief about romance and marriage. When she gives birth to a daughter and is stricken with childbed fever, Mary fears it will be her many critics who recount her life’s extraordinary odyssey…
1818. The daughter of infamous political philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft, passionate Mary Shelley learned to read by tracing the letters of her mother’s tombstone. As a young woman, she desperately misses her mother’s guidance, especially following her scandalous elopement with dashing poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Mary struggles to balance an ever-complicated marriage with motherhood while nursing twin hopes that she might write something of her own one day and also discover the truth of her mother’s unconventional life. Mary’s journey will unlock her mother’s secrets, all while leading to her own destiny as the groundbreaking author of Frankenstein.
A riveting and inspiring novel about a firebrand feminist, her visionary daughter, and the many ways their words transformed our world.
The audiobook is narrated by Grace Gray and Hannah Curtis.
You can listen to a sample below…
You know what we were talking about in the SHAC this morning? About how we so often look at what we haven’t done, and forget to consider what we HAVE actually accomplished. Well, Grace is a perfect example of that! She’s lived in New York for 11 or so years now, she’s made it by grafting and working and hopping about and thinking on her feet, and generally being brilliant.
When she moved to The Big Apple she had hopes of becoming an actor. Found a top agent, went to countless auditions, but learned quickly that the entertainment industry was a very tough nut to crack. The toughest. She landed several bit parts, but has never hit the big screen (yet). So she always felt that she had somehow failed, that she was “less than”. In the meantime, however, she started building up a tidy little voiceover career for herself. Became the voice of BBC America, landed loads of commercial work, and did all of this whilst holding down full time jobs. You get the picture.
Have you looked at her website? Here’s the link…prepare to be impressed!
If you scroll down to the bottom of the homepage, you will see not one but FOUR Audible novels that she has narrated within the last year. Like everybody who ever works with her says, it’s not just her talent which gets her the jobs- it’s her energy and great attitude. As I said, proud Mum here.
And quite aside from all that career success, she also happens to be the loveliest, kindest, sweetest, funniest daughter a Mum could ever wish for.
Now she is helping us get Clarity launched in the States, and also helping us in the UK with our marketing and Social media platforms, like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc. Yes. She who has many hats.
Quote for the day?
You really are.
Barb x x x