Introducing: Justine Bothwick

Agora Books is thrilled to welcome our newest author, Justine Bothwick, and her uplifting historical fiction debut, In the Mirror, a Peacock Danced, to our list of fantastic writers.

Set against the lush backdrop of early 20th century India, In the Mirror, a Peacock Danced is the moving story of one woman’s journey back to herself.

Bothwick’s stunning historical drama introduces Florence Hunt, a young woman who has found herself pregnant and stuck in post-war Portsmouth — a far cry from her sun-drenched life in India. Struggling to cope with the bleakness of everyday life in a male-dominated world, Florence is desperate to find the woman she used to be.

Searching for clues from her former life, can Florence find the happiness, independence, and passion she once had in order to start living again?

Bothwick says: ‘I have always found solace in books, and writing is a natural extension of that. I love to be lost in a story, plotting and getting to know my characters, waiting for that moment when they come to life and take over. It feels like a conjuring trick to me. I started writing In the Mirror, a Peacock Danced over five years ago, and I am absolutely delighted that it is finally going to fly out into the world with Agora Books. I know it will be cared for, thanks to their enthusiasm and expertise. I can’t wait for people to read it.’

Justine Bothwick grew up in Kent and Hampshire, and studied in London. In 2005, she moved to Italy and now teaches English in an international secondary school in Rome. She is married to a Roman architect. Together they have a flat in the city with a small balcony on which she grows her ever expanding collection of plants and watches the local birdlife. Justine is a graduate of the Manchester Writing School’s Creative Writing MA programme and has short stories published in Fictive Dream, Virtual Zine, Confingo Magazine, and forthcoming in The Lonely Crowd, and with Nightjar Press. In the Mirror, a Peacock Danced is her debut novel.

In the Mirror a Peacock Danced will be published in 2021 in eBook and paperback.

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