Mistress of My Fate

Mistress of My Fate

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A historical story set in 18th century England: By the author of the book behind the BBC hit costume drama THE SCANDALOUS LADY W Georgian England, 1789. Under a cloud of scandal, Henrietta Lightfoot flees her home at Melmouth Park. She has little money and no worthwhile talents, for what use is a neat stitch and a pretty voice outside the drawing room? Without family support, her only hope of survival lies with the dashing but elusive Lord Allenham... In a desperate quest to find him, Henrietta embarks on a journey through London's debauched and glittering underworld, where she discovers more about her own mysterious past than she could have imagined. With the aid of new-found skills at the card table and on the stage, will Henrietta be able to turn her life around to become mistress of her fate?show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 127 x 198 x 32mm | 346g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552162515
  • 9780552162517
  • 351,770

Review quote

"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" * The Good Book Guide *show more

About Hallie Rubenhold

Hallie Rubenhold is a historian and broadcaster and an authority on womens' lives in the 18th century. She has worked as a curator for the National Portrait Gallery and as a university lecturer. Her first novel, Mistress of My Fate was received with great acclaim and her biography, Lady Worsley's Whim, was made into the hit BBC drama The Scandalous Lady W. She lives in London with her husband. Chat with her on Twitter @HallieRubenholdshow more

Review Text

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

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937 ratings
3.53 out of 5 stars
5 19% (180)
4 34% (322)
3 32% (299)
2 10% (95)
1 4% (41)
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