The Illumination of Ursula Flight
One of Stylist's must-read books of 2018
'Original and charming, joyous and funny.' Tessa Hadley
'...[this] debut novel sweeps us away to the world of Ursula Flight, wannabe actress and playwright in 17th-century Britain. Ursula is a spirited and funny protagonist.' Sarah Shaffi, Stylist
'ON THE 15TH DAY OF DECEMBER IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 1664, A GREAT LIGHT BLOOMED...more
A beautifully bawdy feminist romp - part period drama, part post-modernist mayhem. Loved it.
Ah. You can't beat a lively period novel, complete with a cast of memorable (and occasionally vile) characters and bawdy goings-on. Most of the best ones tend to be written several hundred years ago, yet here we are with a 21st century novel that fits right in amongst them. However, despite its strong mark of period authentici ...more
Ursula is one of those characters you just fall in love with the second you meet her. Born into a well to-do family, she’s fun, fierce, determined, inquisitive, imaginative, wise for her age and for the times. She ...more
The writing is strong and the setting of restoration England was fascinating. It was great to read of the lives of women in this era. I find myself to often in Tudor England or Victorian England!
Ursula is an interesting character and as everything is written in a diary form we really only get to know Ursula.
This is were I struggled, the other characters piqued my intere ...more
The Illumination of Ursula Flight is the first novel by British author, Anna-Marie Crowhurst. On December 15th, 1664, a daughter was born to Clifford Flight. Seeing the Great Bear in the night sky, he named her Ursula. At seven years of age, Ursula encountered a Drury Lane actress, and was enthralled with the whole concept of acting. By eight, her father was educating her thoroughly: literature, languages, drama, astronomy and more. Ursula also began writing her own plays and putting them o ...more
Which is fortunate as hers is the only perspective you're going to get...and I still loved it!
Set in 17th-century England, Ursula dreams of being a playwright.
She writes plays to entertain her friends as she grows in a privileged environment and then she is married off at a very young age but plots her escape from the ties that bind her.
Her dreams do not diminish and she continues to seek the life she desires no matter what life throws at her. Her journal is punctuated with funny ...more
Another thing I loved about this book was the way the story was written. It's all from the pen of Ursula, such as diary entries (think of the historic equivalent to Adrian Mole, or Bridget Jones!), alongside plays she wrote and ...more
I loved how it incorporated different kinds of texts including playwriting by the main character Ursula, and also poetry. It was just so interesting to see Ursula go through the years and achieve her goal of becoming a playwright and actress.
I loved the fact that Ursula doesn't stop in trying. She was such a strong and quirky character who you could get behind. She's witty and sarcastic and just an overall loveable character.
I really enjoyed this and how it ...more
Set in 17th Century England this is a stunningly inventive novel that focuses on Ursuala Flight. Her narration is partly formed by diary entries and scripts, and this is a really interesting addition and allows the reader to get additional insights into her character and what she is thinking and feeling.
I've read quite a few books set in the same time period and this one is wonderful ...more
I loved Ursula and her quirky voice. She’s a fantastic character with a great personality. She’s intelligent, feisty and determined. There is also a whole other cast of fascinatin ...more
I loved watching Ursula grow with every chapter and would highly recommend it to everyone.
I couldn’t help but take to the character of Ursula Flight from the first moment I met her as it were. The story begins in 1664 when Ursula is a little girl and follows her life down through the years from childhood to adul ...more
Thank you to the publishers for providing me with a finished copy in exchange for an honest opinion.
This book is beautifully written, with a wonderful protagonist that I admire greatly and a very interesting and engaging plot. For a debut novel I think that this had exceeded my expectation, and I can honestly say that this has been one of the best books I have read so far this year. I have noth ...more