A dramatic tale of glamour, intrigue, romance and heartbreak, England's Mistress traces the turbulent life of Emma Hamilton.
Born into poverty, Emma clawed her way up through London's sordid underworld to become the mistress of Lord Nelson, the greatest military hero of the era. Dazzlingly beautiful, she mixed in diplomatic circles and became the confidante of both Marie Antoinette and the Queen of Naples. Nothing, it seemed, could stand in the way of her dreams- except her self-destructive desires.
'Emma famously gets her comeuppance, and her headlong flight to romantic destruction is told with novelistic dash' The Times, Books of the Year
'An immensely colourful, readable portrait that revels in Emma's resilience and her ability to surmount what look to us now to be unimaginable odds' Independent on Sunday
'Sparkling like Emma's pawned diamonds...Makes us understand why Nelson needed to be prised out of Emma's embrace' Daily Mail
'It is the thoroughness of the research and attention to detail that make Kate Williams' new biography of Emma Hamilton so interesting. The iconic Emma has been continuously re-imagined since her lover Nelson's death, but Williams offers a new portrait' Independentshow more