Barbara Ewing was born and brought up in New Zealand. She lives in London where she combines her dual careers of acting and writing. Her first novel, THE ACTRESSES published by Little, Brown to great acclaim in 1997 and was followed by the powerful A DANGEROUS VINE in 1999.
The author of The Actresses and A Dangerous Vine has produced an historical novel full of the atmosphere of the period. The year is 1849 and cholera is rampant in London, but no-one knows what exactly is the cause. Sir Charles Cooper, MP, has two daughters: Mary, a cripple, and the younger, Harriet. Mary keeps house for him now that their mother is dead, but then Mary dies of the plague, and Harriet finds herself in a dreadful position: she has to look after the father who has molested her. Somehow she manages to escape on a boat going to New Zealand, but her father chases after her... It is a cracking good story told with verve and assurance.