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The Illumination of Ursula Flight by Anna-Marie Crowhurst Born on the night of an ill-auguring comet just before Charles II's Restoration, Ursula Flight has a difficult future written in the stars. Against the custom of the age she begins an education with her father, who fosters in her a love of reading, writing and astrology. Following a surprise meeting with an actress, Ursula yearns for the theatre and thus begins her quest to become a playwright despite scoundrels, bounders, bad luck and heartbreak. The Illumination of Ursula Flight has everything I love about historical fiction - rebellious women, social commentary, and characters with an unnerving desire to defy the norm. We initially see our protagonist, Ursula, as an inquisitive and turbulent child, and we grow with her through the pages as she experiences marriage, and becomes a woman she was never meant to be. I loved the form here. One moment you’re reading a chapter of prose, then you’re thrust into a series of letter

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