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Madame Pedamamaki takes us into the world of a smiling ‘girl’ who secretly mourns, throughout her long life, the lack of ‘a corner of her own’. Born and raised in Alexandria (Little Paris) Egypt in an overcrowded family apartment and onwards through her three marriages, she constantly yearns for just ‘a small corner and plenty of time’ in which to indulge her greatest pleasure – reading! A dream not realised until at age 85 she migrates again – this time to Australia where her children provide an idyllic retreat from the world’s demands.Born the only blue eyed blonde in her Greek-French-Italian family she grows up feeling her beauty is a curse rather than a blessing that interferes with her need for splendid solitude. Relating moving tales of the sensation her unusual looks created in Egypt during her childhood, Madame Pedamamaki also treats us to a social, historical and cultural milieu that most have not experienced. Even in poverty the family’s warmth, humility and generosity shines through the pages.Denied a much desired life in the theatre by her overbearing father and thwarted from pursuing an intellectual life by the need to earn a living, Madame Pedamamaki never the less relates a life of sorrow and disappointment with ‘ joie de vivre’.After leaving her family in Egypt the naive war bride experiences life in Britain & Singapore while married to her first husband, a philanderer, to the mysterious disappearance of her second husband in Greece and the frustration of her third marriage to a spoilt widower. Her successes and failures are laid bare in this interesting account of an unusual and varied life.Rich in history, humour and intellect this story of a truly multi cultural woman who has a ‘foreign’ accent in each language she speaks is begging to be read and enjoyed.