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Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore

Stella Duffy

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Historical fiction

The brilliant novel from the author of SINGLING OUT THE COUPLES, STATE OF HAPPINESS and PARALLEL LIES now in B format.

'Justinian took a wife: and the manner she was born and bred, and wedded to this man, tore up the Roman Empire by the very roots.' Procopius.

Charming, charismatic, heroic. Theodora of Constantinople rose from nothing to become the most powerful woman in the history of Byzantine Rome. In Stella Duffy's breathtaking new novel, she comes to life again - a fascinating, controversial and seductive woman. Some called her a saint. Others were not so kind

When her father is killed, the young Theodora is forced into near slavery to survive. But just as she learns to control her body as a dancer and for the men who can afford her, so she is determined to shape a very different fate for herself.

From the vibrant streets and erotic stage shows of sixth century Constantinople to the holy desert retreats of Alexandria, THEODORA is an extraordinary imaginative achievement from one of our finest writers.

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Stella Duffy

Stella Duffy has written thirteen novels, over fifty short stories, and ten plays. She has twice won Stonewall Writer of the Year and twice won the CWA Short Story Dagger. HBO have optioned her two Theodora novels for television. In addition to her writing work, Stella is a theatre-maker and the co-director of the national Fun Palaces campaign for greater access to culture for all. She was awarded an OBE in 2016 for her services to the Arts. Her website is www.stelladuffy.wordpress.com.

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