Emboldened: On finding the fire to keep going when all seems lost

By Belinda Alexandra


How do you begin your life again when you’ve lost everything you’ve worked for and your dreams have been shattered?

That was the question beloved Australian author Belinda Alexandra faced one freezing winter night when she ran from her home in terror, clutching only her wallet, her phone and her latest manuscript on a USB stick.

To pull herself up from rock bottom, Belinda drew strength from the real-life women who had inspired her bestselling historical fiction: her mother, Tatiana Morosoff, a White Russian who had fled a home more than once due to wars and revolutions; Virginia Hall, an American who lost her leg in an accident but went on to become one of the most revered Allied agents in World War II France; Carmen Amaya, who, despite being born into abject poverty in Barcelona, rose to become the greatest flamenco dancer of all time; and Edna Walling, who lost her own dream home in a freak fire but created gardens that made her one of Australia’s most celebrated landscape designers.

These were women who had faced seemingly insurmountable challenges and yet found ways to forge ahead on their own terms.
In a compelling and exquisite blend of memoir and history, Belinda shows readers that, no matter what challenge they might be facing, there is always the possibility of building a bold life full of meaning from the ashes.

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