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The Lady and the Dragon Paperback – March 2, 2021 by Ruth Finnegan (Author)



The Lady and the Dragon Paperback – March 2, 2021

Hullo and thank you for taking an interest in me and my works, you are so welcome.

You can see some information about me below including about my life beyond books - like you I'm a person as well a writer and reader you know! - at

Do email me at with any, um, extreme laudatory comments (well, one can always hope!), questions, and (always important for writers) criticisms and ideas for improvements: I can always say if I disagree ...

In the meantime and until we meet again, keep well, keep safe.

Ruth, in code-breakers-Bletchley, England, May 2020

I'd better get rid of the official stuff first (do skip!)

MULTI-AWARD WINNING AUTHOR, romance fiction and nonfiction
Finalist 50 Great Writers you should be reading (AuthorsShow) 2017
RIVERS MEMORIAL MEDAL, Royal Anthropological Institute 2016

recent awards and commendations (man
BLACK INKED PEARL (novel) Literary Titan SILVER AWARD 2017
PEARL OF THE SEAS (romance novel) Hungry Monster SILVER AWARD 2016
KIRKUS one of best 25 Reviews of 2017
Book excellence WINNER (friendship)
ENTRANCEMENT (ed) Readers Favorite FINALIST (friendship)
BLACK INK PEARL (screenplay) Capital fund Screen Contest GENRE WINNER

I am an Emeritus Professor, The Open University, OBE, Fellow of the British Academy and Hon. Fellow Somerville College Oxford, among other things I am the author of MULTIPLE AWARD-

Of my Black Inked Pearl "BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ" (unsolicited amazon review)
Of my 'Pearl of the Seas' - "EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS " Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury.

I was born (1933 - hope you like my birthday photo ... );and reared in Ulster and Donegal in a family committed to reconciling the deep divides in Ulster and in the world, went to a Quaker school in York, followed by a first-class Oxford degree in classics/philosophy. Then it was African fieldwork, an Oxford doctorate in literary anthropology, university teaching in Africa, then many years ( with a short period in Fiji), with the pioneering Open University (UK) where I am now, most happily, an honorary research professor. I live in Bletchley in south-central England with my husband of 50 years and two dogs (alas not so long-lived) and have three wonderful daughters and five grandchildren, one in New Zealand. And I still love writing.

I have published well over twenty (lost count) academic books with leading publishers (university presses et al.), primarily in literary and linguistic anthropology, music ethnography, and cultural history, and have a continuing interest in modes of communication (multi-sensory) and their practical role in the human worlds of the past, present and future.

My most recent publications are second editions of 'Communicating' (2014) and of the now widely-available 'Oral literature in Africa' (2012), the new 'Where is language?' (2017), 'Time for the world to learn from Africa' (2019) and 'The hidden irdunary' ( 2020); other monographs in preparation.

My contribution to anthropology over the last five years has been recognised by the award of the 2016 Rivers Memorial Medal by the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, a great honour.

The most surprising (to me) publications, because rooted in unexpected dreams are my Homeric and African shaped romance novels of my new Kate-Pearl epic series ( the first, 'Black Inked Pearl' has, together with the others, won multiple stars and prizes - I wonder if you'd agree?). Am amazed!

I am currently preparing an audio version of the novel and have just published a much-praised version for 10-12 year old readers ( 'Pearl of the Seas' - with rave reviews).

See the video trailers by the brilliant Castelane at

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