I love autobiographies, I always have. There is something so personal and intriguing about how people choose to write about themselves – especially people in the arts where often a little theatrical sparkle is added!
I was approached earlier this year to review Eva Maze’s Memoir, With Ballet in My Soul: Adventures of a Globetrotting Impresario. I was pretty intrigued by the title and am always keen to learn by women in the arts.
The book itself is beautiful and fully illustrated – it almost takes the form of a scrapbook with images included as if attached by photo corners and pages coloured like old paper. This very much appealed to my inner seven-year-old, who loved to make treasure maps dipped in tea!
The book tells the story of Eva Maze, born in Bucharest, Romania in 1922 now in her mid -90s. Having always dreamed of being a ballet dancer Maze ended up becoming a successful theatrical impresario – a world hitherto dominated by men – representing a vast range of companies and artists. A pretty inspiring story and woman!
Full review to follow …