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Conversation: Naomi Miller, The Imperfect Alchemist

Imperial College London

Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication

Join author Naomi Miller in Conversation with Jim Fitzmaurice

Tuesday 16 November 2021 at 6pm (UK time) online

We are delighted to welcome novelist Naomi Miller, author of Imperfect Alchemist, a historical novel based on the life of the Elizabethan poet and scientist Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke, published in paperback by Allison & Busby in 2021.

It is the year 1575 and in England a young Mary Sidney is bearing a devastating loss while her father plans her marriage to Henry Herbert, Earl of Pembroke. But Mary is determined to make her mark on the world as a writer and scientist.

As Mary Sidney Herbert steps into her new life with the earl at his home, Wilton House, an unusual friendship is forged between her and servant Rose Commin, a country girl with a surprising artistic gift, that will change their lives for ever.

Defying the conventions of their time, mistress and maid will face the triumphs, revelations and dangers that lie ahead together.

In conversation with playwright Jim Fitzmaurice, starting 6pm (UK time) on Tuesday 16 November 2021. The talk will last up to one hour.

Naomi Miller will discuss the life of Mary Sydney that inspired her novel, and the highs and lows of turning a true life heroine into a work of historical fiction.

To join in click on:

Passcode: Unicorn21!

Discount copies of Imperfect Alchemist by Naomi Miller are available at £6.99 (usual price £8.99) at:

Please enter the discount code IMPERIAL when making your purchase. Book offer ends 30 November 2021.

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