Louisa Treger: The Dragon Lady
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The Dragon Lady (Publication Date Aug. 13, 2019 Bloomsbury Caraval)
Real Fiction Broadcast Dates: October 2 and 9
Louisa Treger has worked as a classical violinist. She studied at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and worked as a freelance orchestral player and teacher. Treger subsequently turned to literature, gaining a First Class degree and a Ph.D. in English at University College London, where she focused on early 20th century women’s writing and was awarded the West Scholarship and the Rosa Morison Scholarship “for distinguished work in the study of English Language and Literature.” The Lodger was published in 2014 and she is currently working on her third novel. She lives in London.
Louisa Treger brings to life the untold story of a fiercely independent and inspiring woman ahead of her time: Lady Virginia (Ginie) Courtauld, the “Dragon Lady,” so-called for the exotic tattoo snaking up her leg. Lady Virginia Courtauld was a boundary-breaking, extremely colorful, and unconventional person. Her marriage to textile millionaire Stephen Courtauld sent shockwaves through London society in the 1920s. Not only was she not of the right pedigree being half-Italian, half-Transylvanian, but she had a scandalous tattoo and rejected the submissive role women were expected to play.