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Nanaimo Girl

A Memoir

by (author) Prudence Emery

Publisher
Cormorant Books
Initial publish date
Apr 2020
Category
General, Women, Entertainment & Performing Arts
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781770865273
    Publish Date
    Apr 2020
    List Price
    $24.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781770865280
    Publish Date
    Apr 2020
    List Price
    $9.99

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“Reading Nanaimo Girl is like enjoying a martini or three with Auntie Mame. The stories are colourful, global, boozy and just cheeky enough to make you envious — and at the same time a little concerned.” — Dana Gee, Vancouver Sun

 

Born in Nanaimo to a family of eccentrics, Prudence Emery was set up to do all the right things: she went to Crofton House private school for girls in Vancouver, attended the Trafalgar Day Ball, and was a debutante.

 

But she shattered family expectations when she took off for London to attend art school. There, living on an allowance from her father, she met and became fast friends with an astonishing array of people, and at the expense of her studies, she became a party girl.

 

After her father cautioned her that he would not pay for such a decadent lifestyle, she moved to Montreal and landed a job at Expo 67.

 

After this, she returned to London to work in the press office of the Savoy Hotel – back in the days when the Savoy was the home-away-from-home for the stars of stage and film, political figures, and royalty.

 

Realising that she would die of champagne consumption, she returned to Canada where she worked as a film publicist. Upon retirement, she moved to Victoria where she continues to live a life that is anything but prudent.

About the author

Prudence Emery was born in Nanaimo, educated in Vancouver, lived in London, UK, and Toronto, before moving to Victoria, BC. She has worked as the press and public relations officer at the prestigious Savoy Hotel, mingling with celebrities and politicians such as Canada’s past Prime Minister Pierre-Elliot Trudeau and actor Marlene Dietrich. She has worked on over 100 film productions and is the author of the bestselling memoir, Nanaimo Girl (Cormorant Books, 2020).

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Editorial Reviews

"There is no ‘blah, blah, blah’ in this book. Reading Nanaimo Girl is like enjoying a martini or three with Auntie Mame. The stories are colourful, global, boozy and just cheeky enough to make you envious — and at the same time a little concerned."

Vancouver Sun

“This breezy behind-the-scenes showbiz read is a reminder that even the brightest stars like to touch ground and get invited to play.”

Literary Review of Canada

“These are bleak times, for sure, so a memoir from someone who merrily defied expectations is welcome.”

NOW Magazine

"Full of fun and raucous tidbits about celebrity personalities, on-set moments, gaffers and gaffes, Emery gives a fascinating look into a life well-lived."

YAM, Victoria's Lifestyle Magazine

“Memoirs, as with all forms of autobiography, are complicated animals, good ones even more so. Many historical accounts of a personal nature, written and verbal, tend to drift into “I went here, I saw this, I did that” – and in places, Nanaimo Girl is no different. What sets Pru’s entertaining stories apart, however, is that there are so many of them. The result is that I found myself asking, “Where’s she going now? What’s she doing? What happens next? And of course, that’s the perfect chemistry of a page-turner. The Beatles once sang: ‘Dear Prudence, won’t you come out to play?’ And play she did. What a life!”

Randolph Eustace-Walden

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