George Clooney’s wife, Amal, is a subject of interest for many reasons, including her highly respected status as a human rights lawyer, her impeccable fashion sense, and relationship with the man which everyone once viewed as the forever-bachelor. It seems Amal Clooney is even more fascinating than all of that, seeing as she has become the basis for the main heroine within a suspenseful novel by Australian-born novelist Kathy Lette.
Speaking openly with People Magazine, Lette was all for admitting the connection between her character within her romantic legal thriller, Courting Trouble, and the barrister herself, Amal Clooney. The IB Times recounts the author’s words.
” ‘It’s about a woman in her 30s in the legal world trying to change the world and make it a better place.’ [Lette] admitted that the heroine of her novel, Matilda ‘Tilly’ Devine, is based on the 37-year-old Amal. Several reviews have described Tilly a ‘leggy chocoholic barrister,’ “the alleged Amal surrogate,’ ‘straight A, strait-laced’ and a ‘dyed-in-the-wool feminist.’ “
Lette’s choice for inspiration of character was not just selected and based on a from-afar admiration for Mrs. Clooney, as it turns out. The best-selling author and the wife of George are actually quite good friends and were first introduced via the author’s husband, Geoffrey Robertson — founder and joint head of Doughty Street Chambers, which is where Amal currently works.
The International Business Times summed up Lette’s description of Amal, stating, “Lette says Amal is not just drop-dead gorgeous but also very charming, funny and self-deprecating. She added that fame has not changed her at all and that Amal is very warm and down-to-earth.”
In addition, the author was sure to detail her opinion of interactions and the loving relationship she’s witnessed between the power couple, George and Amal Clooney, noting that “watching George and Amal is entertaining. Interacting with them is like ‘watching a rom-com in front of you.’ ” Vanity Fair recently reported Lette’s words on the matter after she and her husband had been dinner hosts to the couple.
This certain dishy legal thriller is available for your perusing pleasure on Amazon, and if whether to purchase or pass over this exciting read based on Amal is a decision with which you’re struggling, check out the novel’s synopsis to help in the matter.
“Tilly has the day from hell when she’s sacked from her barristers’ chambers in the morning, then finds her husband in bed with her former best friend in the afternoon. She escapes to her mother, Roxy—a sassy solicitor whose outrageous take on men, work and family life is the despair of her more conventional daughter. Roxy comes up with a radical plan for their future—they’ll set up an all-female law firm which will only champion women who have been cheated, put upon, attacked, ripped off or ruined by the men in their lives.
In court, Tilly finds herself up against Jack Cassidy, the smooth-talking, politically incorrect, legal love god who broke her heart at law school. Jack is fluent in three languages – English, sarcasm and flirtation… but if he’s so loathsome, then why is she committing Acute Lust in the 3rd degree?”
So as it seems, Amal Clooney can add one more item to her list of accomplishments — literary inspiration.
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