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Barbara Mutch Picks Her Dream Cast for The Housemaid’s Daughter

The Housemaid\'s DaughterBarbara Mutch has written a blog post reflecting on a World Book Night event that she took part in. One of the things the authors were asked to do was to pick the actresses and actors that they would like to play their characters.

Mutch’s cast for The Housemaid’s Daughter consisted of Cate Blanchett as Irish Cathleen, Damian Lewis as Edward and a young, unknown actress for the role of Ada.

Last week I was delighted to play a tiny part in World Book Night, the global jamboree celebrating reading all round the world. Along with 10 other authors, I presented a 2 minute overview of The Housemaid’s Daughter to an enthusiastic audience at Guildford Library. And what variety there was in the books – and the authors – on display: science fiction, crime, domestic drama, historical fiction… you name it, it was there. The 2 minute talks were rigidly policed by a hooter (!) to prevent us rambling on. Afterwards, we were distributed around the Library to meet with interested readers, as you can see from the photo above

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