I’m so thrilled at this news! I found this bit on Publisher’s Lunch:
Author of DESTINY and REBECCA’S TALE, Sally Beauman’s THE VISITORS, about an eleven-year-old girl drawn into the world of a lord and all the intrigue, confusion and excitement surrounding the obsessive hunt for the last pharaoh’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings, to Harper, at auction, and LIttle Brown UK.
As someone who is absolutely batty about Sally Beauman, this is the best possible news. [You can see proof of my fangirlism here and here and here and here and especially here and some more here and here.] I just love her books so much. Her characters haunt me, particularly Helene; every time I’m in London, I think if I just look hard enough, I’ll catch a glimpse of Helene.
But what really adds to the pleasure of this book is that it involves the “last pharaoh’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings.” I am intrigued by that because earlier this year I visited Highclere, the beautiful setting of the show Downton Abbey and the home of the Earl of Carnarvon:
George Herbert, the Fifth Earl of Carnarvon, was the financial backer for the search for an excavation of Tutankhamun’s tomb. He was quite ill when the tomb was eventually discovered, but he had dug with his own hands in that hardpan soil; it had become an obsession for him. While I was at Highclere, there was a very interesting museum in the basement of Egyptian artifacts that Herbert himself had discovered. It made a strong enough impression on me that I began to devour books on the history of the family as well as Egyptology.
Thus, Sally Beauman’s new book will work on me on several different levels. I’ll be first in line to grab it, in full on hard-back, baby!