> Skip to content
The Memoirs Of Laetitia Horsepole
About the book
  • Published: 1 July 2002
  • ISBN: 9780099422570
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $26.95
Categories:

The Memoirs Of Laetitia Horsepole


Formats & editions


Dazzling and enjoyable - why have we overlooked this extraordinary woman? Is this a genuine memoir? A work of art criticism? A scholarly bodice ripper? Brilliant ventriloquism? Try it for yourself...

Discovered in the secret compartment of a North Italian cabinet, this enchanting manuscript may, or may not, be complete or even intended for posterity. Undeterred by these uncertainities, John Fuller gives us the early nineteenth century memoirs of Laetitia Horspole, painter, philosopher and femme fatale.

Why is she not better known? That long spell in Madagascar certainly interrupted her career. And then her virtual disappearance to Italy didn't help matters. But her obscurity gives added piquancy to the memoirs which are above all a dramatic eighteenth century adventure in five acts reflecting her tempestuous involvement with the five husbands of her life, from the brutish Crowther and the dullish Horsepole himself to the rich but louche Count Chiavari.

  • Pub date: 1 July 2002
  • ISBN: 9780099422570
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $26.95

About the Author

John Fuller

John Fuller, born in Ashford, Kent, is an acclaimed poet and novelist. His collection Stones and Fires (1996) was awarded the Forward Prize; Ghosts (2004) was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award for Poetry; The Space of Joy (2006) was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award, and The Grey Among the Green (1988), Song & Dance (2008) and Pebble & I (2010) were all Poetry Book Society Recommendations. His 1983 novel Flying to Nowhere, a historical fantasy, won the Whitbread First Novel Award and was nominated for the Booker Prize. He has also written collections of short stories and several books for children. He is an Emeritus Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford.

Also by John Fuller

See all

Praise for The Memoirs Of Laetitia Horsepole

“Fuller is a master storyteller. a rollicking picaresque yarn. a portrait of a high-spirted woman, sexually curious and intellectually insatiable”

Sunday Telegraph

“A Moll Flanders of our time. A remarkable piece of work”

Irish Sunday Independent


Related titles