On Monday, 4th November, I had the extraordinary honour of being interviewed by Phillip Adams for Late Night Live, to discuss the heroine of my new novel, The Bee and the Orange Tree, Marie Catherine d’Aulnoy.
Marie Catherine D’Aulnoy was the first author to use the term ‘Fairy Tale” when she published her book “Contes des Fées” in the 1690s in France.
Although a celebrated author in her own time, the fairy tales penned by Marie Catherine D’Aulnoy are less well known than those of her male contemporaries and those that came after her like the Brothers Grimm.
Her fairy tales and novels reveal much about the life of women in the 17th century.
Australian author Melissa Ashley has written a fictionalised account of the scandalous life of Marie Catherine D’Aulnoy.