Emily is singer, writer and composer. #MetalMass #voiceofhydra Formally with Mediaeval Baebes, Pythia, Celtic Legend and Wilde Roses. She grew up in a castle in Cornwall but trained at The Arts Educational Schools and received a scholarship from Andrew Lloyd Webber to continue her studies in London. As a longstanding member of Mediaeval Baebes she has made several studio albums, live DVDs and recorded themes for BBC TV shows Victoria and Elizabeth with Ivor Novella winner Martin Phipps. Emily made 3 acclaimed albums with her symphonic Metal band PYTHIA and has recorded vocals for multi platinum selling band Dragonforce for their last three albums. Emily continues to write music for her Classical Celtic Project with composer Chris Payne, Celtic Legend, her solo projects and is a published novelist. Emily owns a music based pub, Chandos Arms in North London which won Community Pub of The Year 2017 in the Great British Pub Awards. She is married to music producer and DJ Are Kolltveit and is the proud mum of Saxon. Emily is a devoted Christian and works for her church and local charities. Emily is one-half of early music folk duo Wilde Roses.
Marcus is a wealthy misogynist. He wants women for sex, but otherwise neither likes nor trusts them. His best friend Peter though, falls for and marries Madeleine, a musically gifted woman whose appealingly vulnerable and child-like appearance belies her considerable prowess on the ski slopes. Peter is besotted with her, but we come to see that she feels entrapped by men's desires for her and resents that her doting husband is blind to the flawed creature that she knows herself to be. She can only be at ease with Alan, an avuncular ex-policeman, who takes her under his wing and cares about her as she is. Marcus is also an expert skier, and away from Peter, he and Madeleine vie with each other on the ski slopes. Marcus becomes infatuated with her, and decides he has to have her. She responds to his yearning, and has sex with him behind her new husband's back; then, when he becomes demanding and dependent, rejects him with contempt. From that point things turn very weird and nasty! These are a good set of characters to work with, and the narrative, suitably intense where it counts, descends at a steady pace into creepy and disturbing realms. Perhaps here and there are some inconsistencies of style, yet descriptions are often very inventive and atmospheric, and there are a lot of strong ideas effectively executed. There's a scene where waif-like Madeleine adulterously offers herself naked - beneath a 70,000 euro white fur coat ... well, I just thought I'd mention it! All in all, I'm sure the author can deservedly count her first novel a success!
The Ice Room is a novel bristling with passion and repression in equal measure. In the mid 1980s against a backdrop of impenetrable ice and snow, the novel evokes the menace in the loves of three people. A man of considerable wealth and self-discipline finds himself in love with his best friend’s new wife, a brilliant but manipulative woman. On the slopes of the French ski resort Chapagny En Avoriaz their affair has devastating consequences. Interweaving their evocative personal tales, the reader is seduced into a haunting realm, inhabited by the intriguing emotional and sexual lives of two men and the woman they both desire.
My first time reading a book by a singer I listen to. I know of her from her two bands and so when I found out she was putting out a book (her second actually) I thought I'd check into it. I liked the book, quite good actually. Without giving too much away it's basically a story about one woman who gets drawn into another woman's small circle and then things turn dark until a sacrifice is made. I'm not sure who was actually sacrificed; the one who was killed or the one who died later on to free the women. There's also a few things that were left unsaid, why the body was never found, what exactly happened to Ria. For the most part I enjoyed the book, my only problem with it were the instances of the narrator foreshadowing events with "I know now what happened...." But that's only a minor quibble. I did enjoy the book and it was the first one in the past few months I did enjoy reading and wanted to find out what was going on with the characters. All in all a pretty good book by Miss Ovenden. I just hope she doesn't give up singing...
When you commit murder, you kill the best part of yourself. Emily Alice Ovenden slices into the psyche of the modern woman in this unflinching account of revenge. The Goddess Club is an account of how a group of women come together, plot, conspire and act without due respect for the consequences of their actions. Ovenden, author of The Ice Room, continues to explore the relationship between the waking world and the unexplained in her second novel which gives a chilling account of obsession, betrayal and modern day witchcraft. Author of The Ice Room this second novel is more powerful on every level.