Sunday, 13 October 2013

The Affair by Gill Paul

Set in Rome in 1961 during the filming of the classic Hollywood film, Cleopatra starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

Diana Bailey takes up a job on the film set in Rome as a historical advisor, leaving older husband Trevor back home to fend for himself, she knows this is one opportunity that she just cannot turn down.

She soon makes friends with a young make-up artist called Helen, and soon Diana is enjoying living her new life and realises that her marriage is in trouble. She becomes close to Ernesto a fellow member of the film crew. She even manages to rub shoulders with the great Elizabeth Taylor herself too. Things are going great for Diana.

Then tragedy strikes and Diana finds herself in deep trouble, and it is Trevor who comes to her rescue but will it save their marriage?

The Affair manages to capture an era of time of Hollywood glamour and by mixing fact and fiction it has created a wonderful story, of love and passion with the very public affair between the two leading stars. In this book Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton are in the background, while our leading lady Diana Bailey a small-fry in a big film production is centre stage in this story.

I really liked the facts about the filming of Cleopatra at the back of this book too. This year is the fiftieth anniversary of the film, and although I have seen many films this is a film I have not seen but now I really want to see this film. I also found myself in The Works book store yesterday buying books on Taylor and Burton. So the book really inspired me to go research myself to see which parts of the book are fact and which are fiction.

The Affair is a book not to be missed an amazing and interesting read that I enjoyed from beginning to end. I really do recommend reading this book.

Gill Paul lives on London and is a full-time writer of both fiction and non-fiction. She is the author of Titanic Love Stories, a nonfiction book about honeymoon couple on the titanic. Her debut novel, Women and Children First, a fictional story set on board the Titanic was published last year.

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