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Mirror, Mirror by Paula Byrne

Mirror, Mirror

Paula Byrne

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Imprint: William Collins
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 23 Jan 2020
ISBN: 9780008307097

She was the most beautiful woman in the world.  Evocative and deeply moving, Mirror, Mirror is based on Marlene Dietrich's glittering life, a dramatic novel set in Hollywood's golden age, that tells the story of mothers and daughters and of time's war against beauty - and the unbearable pain of a woman when beauty is the only game in town.

4 stars out of 5
Melissa Katsoulis
10 Jan 2020

"A fictional life of a screen siren is thought-provoking as well as hugely entertaining,"

The intersection between saucy Hollywood memoirs and novels narrated by inanimate objects has thus far been slim. But when Paula Byrne — the author of many lively books about fascinating women, from “Kick” Kennedy to Dido Belle, a black girl in 18th-century England, and Jane Austen — decided to fictionalise the wild life of Marlene Dietrich, no ordinary form would do, so half of her novel is narrated by a mirror...

Byrne sprinkles just enough glitter on her feminist analysis of Hollywood, making Mirror, Mirror both eye-poppingly fun and thought-provoking.