Behind the Bright Façade: a novel of Belle Époque Paris, written under the pen name Édita Elphick.
I am currently working on a historical novel: Behind the Bright Façade. It draws on research undertaken for an MA which investigates the Paris couturier Jeanne Margaine-Lacroix, 1867-1930.
Lily is a ‘woman with a past’ – a past that contains a secret which she decides to reveal as she nears the end of her life.
Set against a background of the French couture industry it tells her story: the bright, beautiful but rebellious younger daughter of successful publisher Charles Marchant, she forms the ambition of becoming a couturier like the great Madame Paquin. Lily has been raised by her mother Adeline to regard marriage as the pinnacle of a girl’s achievement, but Adeline despairs of ever making a ‘young lady’ out of her high-spirited daughter,