First Lines Friday: 4th March

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (or your current read) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Please comment below or tag me in the post, so I can check it out!

I find great irony in my choice of profession.
A first-class geiko is constantly in the glare of spotlights while I spent much of my childhood hiding in a darkened cupboard.


Read on to find out which book this extract is from…



Geisha of Gion by Mineko Iwasaki

Geisha of Gion

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Captivating and poignant, Geisha of Gion tells of Mineko’s ascendancy to fame and her ultimate decision to leave the profession she found so constricting.  After centuries of mystery Mineko is the only geisha to speak out.  This is the true story she has long wanted to tell and the one that the West has long wanted to hear.

I finished this book just yesterday, and was feeling really positive about it until I read some Goodreads reviews.

There was clearly some conflict between Mineko Iwasaki and Arthur Golden (author of Memoirs of a Geisha), and it led me to question the motives of both books!

Regardless of that, this book was amazing, and I whizzed through it in a matter of days, taking it everywhere with me to get it finished.  I highly recommend reading it; the history and culture of Gion is fascinating.

Happy reading!

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