Bell Timson

Bell Timson

Marguerite Steen

Marguerite Steen

The chance for a better life... Bell Timson is a sympathetic, but often unpredictable woman. Divorced, she is desperate to give her two daughters a better chance in life than she had herself and she soon finds herself forced to make one of the most intimate and difficult decisions a woman has ever faced. But no matter the risk, she is determined to give her children every advantage. Compared to remarriage and mediocrity, Bell soon finds herself enjoying life as a masseuse and with the help of her good friend Alice Logan, she is soon taken into the confidence of the highborn ladies of London’s fashionable West End. It isn’t long before Bell is getting top rates at her job - enough to send her children to an expensive boarding school. But then she meets someone who offers her a dangerous opportunity to achieve even greater security. A chance to give her daughters the position she feels they deserve. Bell enters a world of risk and unlawfulness - and she's going into it with her eyes open... Bell Timson is a truly a memorable heroine and her thrilling story is one of warmth and courage in the face of adversity. Praise for Marguerite Steen *‘Miss Steen is a superb manipulator of scene, and she makes her places as alive as her people’ - Daily Telegraph * ‘Rich and enjoyable’ - *The Observer * ‘fine scenes and piquant portraits’ - *The Sunday Times * ‘a vivid narrative’ - *Manchester Guardian * ‘full of colour and character’ - *John o' London's Weekly * ‘rich, lavish, violent, passionate’ - Evening News * * Marguerite Steen(12 May 1894 – 4 August 1975) was a British writer. Very much at home among creative people, she wrote biographies of the Terrys, of her friend Hugh Walpole, of the 18th century poet and actress (and sometime mistress to the Prince of Wales) Mary 'Perdita' Robinson, and of her own lover, the artist Sir William Nicholson. Her first major success was Matador(1934), for which she drew on her love of Spain, and of bullfighting. Also, a best-seller on both sides of the Atlantic was her massive saga of the slave-trade and Bristol shipping, The Sun Is My Undoing(1941). She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1951. **
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