We do not guarantee forty thieves (the wardrobe mistress
won't produce the costumes!) but we do offer plenty of laughs and excitement for children and adults alike.
The 68-year-old London-born author of numerous short stories and a series of critically acclaimed novels - including The Grotesque, Spider and The Wardrobe Mistress
- collated his work to provide a record of his creative writing process from rough writing notebooks and early drafts of novels to published editions and press cuttings.
BOOK OF THE WEEK THE WARDROBE MISTRESS
by Patrick McGrath, Hutchinson, PS14.99, ebook PS9.99 HHHH H THIS latest novel from the author of Asylum and Spider is set in the freezing, fog-bound austerity of 1947 London.
THE WARDROBE MISTRESS
BY PATRICK MCGRATH, HUTCHINSON, PS14.99, EBOOK PS9.99 HHHH H SET in the freezing, fog-bound austerity of London in 1947, we open on the funeral of Charlie 'Gricey' Grice, one of the great actors of his day, and pan across our key players - his widow Joan, a theatre wardrobe mistress
and his daughter Vera.
Rosalind Ebbutt said: "Between the start of the 19th century up to 1850 there was a change in style and we were able to echo Victoria growing up and turning into an adult with this change of silhouette.
On the last job I did we were all in suits and the wardrobe mistress
kept telling me off for losing too much weight!
He pointed out: She was kind to everyone; whether you are Lea, Regine or Martin or a wardrobe mistress
, utility boy or setman, it's all the same to her.
My feet wouldn't fit in the little Mary Jane shoes Laurey wore, so the wardrobe mistress
cut out a pair of house slippers.
Looking at the drab clobber some of TV actresses get stuck with makes you think the wardrobe mistress
comes just behind the guy who picks gaffer tape up off the studio floor in the on-set pecking order.
Melody's previous jobs include working as a dresser and wardrobe mistress
to Mickey Mouse and the gang on a Disney Cruise Line, she toured across Europe with Jesus Christ Superstar and worked on The Colourful Canterbury Tales for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
An incredible woman called the 'wardrobe mistress
' came round and organised it for me.
Finished with the IOU, she is offered a serendipitous opportunity to join a traveling vaudeville troupe as the wardrobe mistress
, which leads her to San Francisco.