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Dancing for the Marquis

Edith Ziegler


France, 1879. The Marquis de Rays dreams of a utopian colony on a remote tropical island in Oceania north of Australia. He has never been to this place—a rain-drenched wilderness shadowed by mountains. Undaunted, he gathers investors, and hundreds of hopeful European battlers set out for the new world.

In northern Italy, a young farmer, Matteo, convinces his wife, Rosa, that they should emigrate. Leaving him behind to sell their smallholding, she embarks with their baby on the Marquis’ third expedition.

Matteo follows later, only to discover his family is gone, there is no arable land, malaria is rife, and the captain commanding the colony is mad. Will Matteo find his Rosa and baby Angelo among other refugees who have fled to Sydney? And if he does, how will they begin again?

The Marquis, a historical character, destroyed the lives, hopes, and fortunes of many. In this compelling debut novel, survival and a fresh start may be the best his victims can hope for.



About the Author

Edith Ziegler

Edith Ziegler is a retired company director and consultant, a world traveller, and an avid social historian. Her fourth book, ‘Dancing for the Marquis’, investigates the extraordinary tale of a late nineteenth-century fraudster with narcissistic dreams of colonising New Ireland (now part of Papua New Guinea). Revisiting the known features of the Marquis’ extravagant scheme, Ziegler explores how personal crises and transformation might intersect with historical drama.

Through fiction, she examines contemporary issues of financial fraud, loss of faith and homeland, refugee policy, utopian ideology and the perennial hopes and dreams of immigrants. In her research for this novel, Ziegler spent time in Conegliano (Italy), Marseille, and Barcelona, absorbing the atmosphere and detail of these places. Her great strength as a novelist is her ability to flesh out historical facts and fragments into a fully developed world inhabited by knowable and relatable characters.







Dancing for the Marquis by Edith Ziegler
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ISBN: 978-1-925846-63-8
Format: Paperback C 229mm x 152mm
Extent: 320 pages
RRP: $29.95 paperback / USD$9.99 ebook
Publisher: Vivid Publishing
Category: Historical Fiction
Distribution: Contact Vivid