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Nanaimo Girl
A Memoir
By (author): Prudence Emery
9781770865273 Paperback, Trade English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General British Columbia Apr 25, 2020
$24.95 CAD
Forthcoming 6 x 9 x 0.7 in | 300 gr 288 pages Cormorant Books

Born in Nanaimo, British Columbia in the 1930s, Prudence Emery was expected to do the right things, but shattered family expectations by going to art school in London, England, where studies sometimes took a back seat to partying. And then she found herself in the world of celebrities.

From Expo 67 in Montreal to the press office at London's Savoy Hotel, Prudence met the likes of Twiggy, Noël Coward, Louis Armstrong, Petula Clark, Liza Minelli, and Edward Albee. She escorted David Frost to an interview with Sheikh Mujibar Rahman and arranged for Pierre Trudeau to attend a party where he met Barbra Streisand for the first time. It was a world so rich with stories that the Canadian Press wrote, "If ever a job was tailor-made for a book of memoirs, Prudence Emery has it."

But it was just the beginning. A new career as a film publicist spanned decades and introduced her to some of Hollywood's biggest names, from Sophia Loren to Jennifer Lopez, from Peter O'Toole to Matt Damon. She worked with Nicolas Cage when he was a nervous teenager and later when he was an outgoing superstar. And she was a frequent colleague of famed director David Cronenberg.

Nanaimo Girl is the story of a life well lived and an encouragement to all, young and old, to get out, defy expectations, and have a rip-roaring good time.

Prudence Emery was born in Nanaimo, educated in Vancouver, then lived in London, UK, and Toronto, before moving to Victoria, BC.

Contributor Website
  • Author will  be pitched for a story in Zoomer Magazine (She's 80 years old)
  • Will also be pitched to Michael Enright and Shelagh Rogers on CBC National; local CBC shows – radio and television
  • Will also be pitched to The Social and the Marilyn Dennis Show
  • Will be pitched for a profile in the Victoria-Times Colonist
  • Pitched for profiles in The Globe and Mail and the National Post
  • Review copy mailing across the country

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"A life distilled at length in her delightful, humor-filled new memoir, Nanaimo Girl. It’s a life that transported her out of a small Vancouver Island coal town into series of adventures around the world, highlighted by her stint as the press and public relations director for London’s historic Savoy Hotel. Pru, confirming Mae West’s observation that while good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere, went everywhere (occasionally in a chauffeured Rolls-Royce) and met everyone. The Savoy years constitute the most fascinating part of an entirely fascinating book. It’s often jaw-dropping to read her recounting of a bygone era in the 1960s when the most famous people in the world dropped by the Savoy, when every night was a party, long liquid lunches the order of the day, everyone tending to end up in bed with everyone else, and political correctness meant not misspelling Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s name. Eventually, the endless parties, the failed romances, not to mention the attendant hangovers, all became too much even for the resilient Pru. She retreated back to Canada and a job publicizing the startup of the Global television network." -

"These are bleak times, for sure, so a memoir from someone who merrily defied expectations is welcome. Nanaimo-born Prudence Emery thumbed her nose at her parents’ stodgy demands, decamped to art school in London and later worked in the press office at the Savoy Hotel. There she developed the art of partying with the rich and famous, until she realized her excesses may prove too dangerous and moved back to Canada. Although she settled in Victoria, she, happily, never really settled down. All of this she recalls in amusing detail, while insisting we all live life fearlessly and pursue true happiness."

- Susan Cole, NOW Magazine

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