Martin Embry, a uni student has persevered in requesting Claude Ballard for an interview about his famous movie “The Electric Hotel” of which there are no known copies. Claude agrees finally.
In 1985 the Lumiere brothers are demonstrating their forty six second moving film, the first ever to be projected so that groups could watch, a ground breaking improvement on Edison’s Kinetoscope. Claude is transfixed, smitten with the impact of this revelation, his life changed forever.
Dominic Smith’s new novel is an historical and fascinating story of the birth of the movie industry told through the life and love of Claude. It takes us through the tortuous pain of love, creation, business and the war.
I found this book fascinating from both an historical perspective and loved it through its characters. A great story.