The Queen of Madagascar
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By David Charles Manners
‘To believe takes determination, repetition – and an awful lot of practice’
Elizabeth Horne communes with the dead in her drawing room. Her devotees
include Lady Blount who believes the world is flat, Reverend Aiken who believes in
polygamy, and Mrs Christie who believes everything she’s told. But when Elizabeth
invites an unlikely new member to their Sacred Circle, not only are their beliefs
challenged, but all their lives are changed.
The Queen of Madagascar is the true story of a remarkable Edwardian scandal,
exposing how the human need for hope can convince us to hold to radical beliefs,
even when they defy common sense and scientific fact. The comedy is based entirely
on original letters, court transcripts, newspaper reports and inherited family stories,
Elizabeth Horne being a relation of the author.