Goddess is a novel based on the life of the remarkable Julie d’Aubigny, known as Mademoiselle de Maupin – swordswoman, opera singer, occasional nun and seventeenth century superstar.
She grew up in the Sun King’s Versailles, was the lover of powerful men – and women, and became the darling of Paris and Brussels, famous for her duels and breeches and escapades. After her death she was turned into an icon of infamy, of Romanticism, of decadence or courage. She has been immortalised on page and screen – even a ballet – and more recently dubbed “Badass of the Week” online.
You can hear me talk more about Julie and Goddess in this interview on NPR.
Here are my answers to frequent questions about Julie and Goddess.
“Such scenes sparkle with period details and sensory impressions: all spectacle and shimmer, all gesture and pose, Baroque mask and mirror and role-play. Gardiner does this very well.
And her goddess fascinates.”
– The New York Times, November 2015
“I wholeheartedly recommend this book as the most exquisitely-rendered historical novel I have read in years.”
– Historical Novels Review, August 2014
“Utterly fascinating, dazzlingly original and inventive, and written with such wit and flair. The character of Julie is drawn so poignantly – what a woman!”
– Author Kate Forsyth
“An engaging and skilfully told tale of a singular character.”
Get a copy
Goddess is published in paperback and ebook formats by Fourth Estate (HarperCollins).
The ebook is now available worldwide through the usual platforms.
Finalist, Bisexual Book Awards (US, 2016)