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  • Published: 15 September 2012
  • ISBN: 9780552162517
  • Imprint: Corgi
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512
  • RRP: $24.99

Mistress of My Fate

By the award-winning and Sunday Times bestselling author of THE FIVE




Tthe adventures of an 18th-Century English courtesan and spy - Volume one of a trilogy that moves from London to Paris and finally Rome

It is a fact not generally known that William Thackeray based the heroine Becky Sharp from Vanity Fair on the notorious aristocrat and sometime courtesan Henrietta Lightfoot, whose scandalous memoirs have recently been discovered in an attic...'

Henrietta was born the illegitimate daughter of the 4th Earl of Stavourley, and his mistress, the courtesan, Kitty Kennedy. When Henrietta's lover, Baron Allenham mysteriously vanishes, Henrietta embarks on a quest to find her one true love. Her epic journey takes her through a Europe in turmoil, from the elite town houses and theatres of London, to the hedonistic Palais Royale in Paris, just as the city implodes into revolution.

Henrietta is on the road to maturity and power as she evolves from innocent, frightened victim into cunning mistress of the world...

  • Published: 15 September 2012
  • ISBN: 9780552162517
  • Imprint: Corgi
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512
  • RRP: $24.99

About the author

Hallie Rubenhold

Hallie Rubenhold is the Number One Sunday Times bestselling and Baillie Gifford Non-Fiction prize-winning social historian whose expertise lies in revealing stories of previously unknown women and episodes in history. By drawing upon a wealth of formerly unseen archival material and adding a full historical context to the victims' lives, The Five changes the narrative of these murders for ever. Rubenhold's books include Lady Worsley's Whim, dramatized by the BBC as 'The Scandalous Lady W', and Covent Garden Ladies: The Extraordinary Story of Harris's List, which inspired the ITV series 'Harlots'. She has also written two acclaimed novels of female intrigue, revenge and betrayal: Mistress of My Fate and The French Lesson. She lives in London with her husband.

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Praise for Mistress of My Fate

Rollicking good read...A remarkable picture of a fascinating age which combined extraordinary bawdiness with silky sophistication (think Hogarth and Gainsborough)

Daily Express

A full-blooded historical romp - two parts Lizzie Bennett and Tom Jones's Sophia Western to one part Moll Flanders - with a splash of Fanny Hill

Independent

A vibrant coming of age story...ricochets with bawdy energy, witty observation and rollicking pace between brothels, theatres and the corridors of political power. Lots of fun

Easy Living

The first instalment in Hallie Rubenhold’s sparking 18th-century fictional memoir series, This enticing novel, written with charm and originality, is full of period detail and historical insight

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