The Journal of Dora Damage
Lambeth, London, 1859. By the time Dora Damage discovers that there is something wrong with her husband, Peter, it is too late. His arthritic hands are crippled, putting his book-binding business into huge debt and his family in danger of entering the poorhouse. Summoning her courage, Dora proves that she is more than just a housewife and mother. Taking to the streets, she resolves to rescue her family at any price - and finds herself illegally binding expensive volumes of pornography commissioned by aristocrats. Then, when a mysterious fugitive slave arrives at her door, Dora realises she's entangled in a web of sex, money, deceit and the law. Now the very family she fought so hard for is under threat from a host of new, more dangerous foes. Belinda Starling's debut novel is a startling vision of Victorian London, juxtaposing its filth and poverty with its affluence. In Dora Damage we meet a daring young heroine, struggling in a very modern way against the constraints of the day, and whose resourcefulness and bravery have us rooting for her all the way.
- Paperback | 464 pages
- 134.62 x 213.36 x 38.1mm | 476.27g
- 05 Nov 2007
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- London, United Kingdom
- Export ed
'The vivid, stylish, witty story of a woman who refuses to accept her powerlessness ... Starling illuminates the period, diving beneath the surface of things with vertiginous introspection and consummate poise' Susanna Moore, author of The Big Girls and In the Cut
About Belinda Starling
Belinda Starling lived in Wivenhoe, Essex with her husband and children and died in August 2006.