Book one in Entertaining Edwardians series
All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts.
As You Like It, Act II Scene VII
Violet Frogg, the woman with many lives and many names.
Born Frogg to a straitlaced vicar and his wife, at the first opportunity Violet escapes the family home to become Violet Turnip – wife to a civil servant living in four-storey luxury in Bloomsbury.
When that goes awry, Mrs Turnip becomes Mrs Graham, assistant to the acting manager with Herbert Tree’s theatre company. As an independent working woman Violet at last feels content. But life has other plans – another move, another position, another name and yet another identity.
What is Violet escaping from? How hard can it be for a woman to lead an independent life in the last decades of the 19th century?