Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New JACQUI LOFTHOUSE novel. A deceptively light satire on the modern writing and publishing world.

LONDON JAN 20 2015: A deceptively light satire on the modern writing and publishing world, THE MODIGLIANI GIRL, a new novel by Jacqui Lofthouse will be published on Thur, 22 Jan 2015.

Jacqui Lofthouse studied for her MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia under
Malcolm Bradbury and Rose Tremain. Widely reviewed by the national press, her novels have
also been praised by Louis de Bernières, Jonathan Coe, John Mortimer and Tracy Chevalier,
amongst others. Previously published by Penguin and Bloomsbury, Jacqui has sold over 100,000
copies in the UK, the USA and Europe.

Publication Date: 22 Jan 2015 Ebook and Paperback Genre: Literary Fiction
ISBN: 9780993092213 Available from Amazon and to order from bookshops worldwide.


Anna Bright never wanted to write a novel. At least, that’s what she tells herself. But a chance
encounter with a famous novelist and a surprise gift of an art book cut a chink in Anna’s resolve.
The short, tragic life of Modigliani’s mistress, Jeanne Hébuterne, becomes an obsession and before
she knows it, she has enrolled on a creative writing course, is writing about a fictional Jeanne and
mixing with the literati.

As her novel grows and takes on a life of its own, Anna feels her own life becoming increasingly
irrelevant. She is absorbed by the story of Jeanne, who committed suicide aged 19 following the
artist’s death, jumping from a high window in Paris, pregnant with his child.

When Anna is invited to take part in a televised literary competition, hosted by an unscrupulous 
writing guru, she agrees, but later regrets her choice. Under the gaze of the camera, she has become
part of a TV circus; unlike the Bohemian Jeanne, she has sold out. Will she manage to save her
sanity and her relationship, before she becomes a by-product of the literary world?

“Every word is magical, almost luminous” Daily Mail reviews Bluethroat Morning (Bloomsbury)

“A remarkable, often beautiful and startling piece of writing. A considerable achievement.” 
John Mortimer reviews The Temple Of Hymen (Penguin)

ADVANCE READING COPIES Of THE MODIGLIANI GIRL are available now in all formats 
inc Mobi for Kindle, Epub, PDF. Amazon UK, Amazon USA.

CONTACT: Stephanie Zia, Blackbird Digital Books 25 Earls Terrace London W8 6LP
Tel: +44 (0)7816 491189 Email: blackbird.digibooks@gmail.com