Maureen Lindley was born in Berkshire and grew up in Scotland. Having worked as a photographer, antique dealer and dress designer, she eventually trained as a psychotherapist. She has one daughter and lives in the Wye valley on the Welsh borders with her husband.
Her first novel, The Private Papers of Eastern Jewel, was published by Bloomsbury in 2008 to critical acclaim.
Her new novel, A Girl Like You, will be published by Bloomsbury on 4th June 2013.
A GIRL LIKE YOU – Buy it here
A headstrong fifteen-year-old girl with a white father and a Japanese mother comes of age in an internment camp during World War Two.
In the early 1940s in rural California, Satomi is a member of neither the white community nor the Japanese one; she is ‘other’ to both. Her parents are so happy together, and so proud to be American, but she has never fitted in.
After her father dies in the bombing of Pearl Harbour, Satomi’s stoic mother, Tamura, is flung into a private realm of grief while the outside world changes irrevocably. The two women are taken to Manzanar, one of the brutal American internment camps hastily set up under President Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, which stated that one drop of Japanese blood justified profiling and imprisonment. At Manzanar, where sewage bubbles up from beneath the barracks, rats and cockroaches outnumber inmates, and disease stalks the camp, Satomi learns what it takes to survive, who she can trust, and what it means to be an American. A Girl Like You is the riveting story of a time we chose to forget for far too long.
PUBLICATION DATE: 4TH JUNE 2013
THE PRIVATE PAPERS OF EASTERN JEWEL — Buy it here
Peking, 1914. Eight-year-old Eastern Jewel peers from behind a screen as her father, Prince Su makes love to a servant girl. Caught spying by her thirteenth sister, Eastern Jewel’s sexual curiosity sees her banished to live with distant relatives in Tokyo, then forced into a passionless marriage in freezing Mongolia. Increasingly isolated, at night she is plagued by disturbing fantasies and unsettling dreams. But she refuses to be pinned down by anyone – least of all a man – and in the dazzling city of Shanghai she puts her thrill-seeking nature to work spying for the Japanese, spurning everything she once held dear Based on the real-life story of Yoshiko Kawashima, Chinese princess turned ruthless Japanese spy, The Private Papers of Eastern Jewel is an intoxicating tale of sexual manipulation and self-discovery that spans three countries and a world war.
PUBLICATION DATE: January 2009