16 April 2009

Forgotten Book: THE CURSE OF KINGS, Victoria Holt

William Collins, 1973, paperback, 255 pages. Cost U.K. 70p, Australia $1.95.

A contribution to a special edition of Pattinase's Friday's Forgotten Books

Moving my books around on the Easter weekend helped me unearth a truly forgotten book, and I feel quite triumphant that my copy has the same cover as this.

Blurb from the back of the book:

Ever since she was a child, Judith Osmond has cherished a romantic dream: to marry Tybalt Travers, a brilliant archaeoplogist, and help him make some wonderful discovery. So when Tybalt asks her to be his wife and go with him to Egypt in search of the Pharaohs' burial chambers, her happiness seems assured.

But once in Egypt her joy is short-lived. here in this strange arid land, the rumours of misfortune and death that surround the tombs seem all to real. And gradually Tybalt changes. From a loving attentive husband he becomes a stranger - silent, watchful, menacing....

Now I don't remember the plot of this particular book, but I do remember a time when I was hungry for whatever Victoria Holt titles I could find.
It seems though that I may have bought this in Germany while travelling in 1975 - it actually has a German book shop sticker on the back of it.

Victoria Holt was a pseudonym used by Jean Plaidy, who also wrote as Eleanor Burford, Philippa Carr, Elbur Ford, Kathleen Kellow, Anna Percival, and Ellalice Tate. Fantastic Fiction says that she used 8 pen names during her writing career, and many of her readers never twigged.

4 comments:

Dorte H said...

I also read many Victoria Holt novels when I was younger, but I am not sure you´ll tempt me into trying her again ;)

Actually I have toyed with the idea of using Victoria Holt & other ´forgotten books´ on my shelf as prizes in competitions.

Euro Crime said...

I enjoyed reading the Philippa Carr Daughters of England series whilst at university. Trying to find them in order! I've also read a few of her Tudor era Jean Plaidy books. These were very popular when the library bought some re-issues a couple of years ago. I may have read some Victoria Holt books but I could be confusing her with Susan Howatch who wrote similar gothic novels before her block busters.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I read so many of her books as a teenager. Thanks for bringing her back.

ARCHAVIST said...

Victoria Holt was a fave of my mums

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