Born in the early part of the twentieth century and the social upheaval that followed the end of the first world war, Agatha kept the press entranced at the time and has fascinated readers and writers ever since. There was a period where Agatha Dewsbury could do no wrong; she was a moderately successful novelist, she had friends in high places and finished her education at a finishing school. But she was also what fellow writer Gertrude Primrose called 'lost'.
There was another side to Agatha. Born a daughter to a vicar and suffragette, she was always being labeled as beautiful, fragile, someone who loved a party. She travelled, became a writer and became a drunk. There were suspicions though never proven she was a drug taker and had sexual liaisons with other women. She was a lover, a mistress and, maybe a witness to murder. In her short life, Agatha Dewsbury changed from a suburban daughter to a darling of the newspaper gossip pages only to be scandalized and shamefully snubbed and ignored by friends and common folk alike. She was photographed everywhere, at parties, travelling in the east, sunbathing on the continent, and drinking pink gin in underground jazz clubs. She was captured laughing, smiling, clutching friend’s arms and waving. She was never photographed crying. Newspapers fought over her daily adventures, they wrote about the company she kept, prospective partners and alleged lovers.
And yet behind the smiles, behind the laughter, behind the mask and newspapers clippings, there was a lonely frightened woman. A woman who for a time cherished and welcomed the attention fame and notoriety brings and then suffered the consequences that recognition, fortune and scandal can bring.
But there is one small problem.
Agatha Dewsbury did not exist, nor did any of her contemporaries featured in this book, for the brutal reason that she was never born. The stories are fake and the news never happened. This is something new and strange – a fictionalized memoir about unreal people set in a real world.
Mark Binmore (born 1971) is an award winning British novelist, author of 'Now Is Not The Time For Trumpets' 'Beautiful Deconstruction' 'Take Down The Flags' and many other books. In 2015 Mark was ranked one of Britain's 100 new influential LGBTQ writers. It was declared that 'he is widely regarded as one of Britain's most promising novelists, quite regardless of sexuality'.
Mark was the subject of 'Tour De Europa' (2015) a book by Chris Henson who shadowed Mark on his book tour and wrote an observational account of a new author on the road. A second book 'Versus America' (2016) also by Chris Henson documented Mark as he travelled across America for promotion describing what it is to be an author today. The trilogy was complete in 2018 with the release of 'Up Against It.'
Mark is published in Great Britain by Kindlight and Fontana (from 2019), in the United States by Globe, with various independent publishers throughout Europe.