Brandon Books 2009
A dazzling psychological portrait of a woman who seeks fame at any price
Set against the turbulent beginnings of the nineteenth century, An Invitation to Dance recounts the astonishing life of Lola Montez, a daring young Irish woman who reinvented herself as a Spanish dancer and scandalised the world.
As she dances her way across Europe Lola leaves a string of admirers and scandals in her wake – from the composer, Franz Liszt to King Ludwig 1 of Bavaria. In beautifully written, almost hypnotic prose Marion Urch ushers us backstage and behind the headlines, to a cruel and sensual world of high stakes and shattered dreams.
‘The concern with identity –both cultural and national – feels very contemporary.’
‘Urch’s novel is a page-turner. Full of hot passion and blissfully ridiculous drama, An Invitation to Dance is spectacular fun.‘
‘The urgency, violence and sensuality of her life is found in beautiful and evocative prose.’