A Profound Secret

A Profound Secret : May Gaskell, her daughter Amy, and Edward Burne-Jones

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A chance encounter with Andrew Lloyd Webber at a summer party sent Josceline Dimbleby on a quest to uncover a mystery in her own family's past. Her great-aunt Amy Gaskell was the subject of a beautiful dark portrait by the Pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones, but all that was known about Amy, according to family lore, was that she had 'died young of a broken heart'. In her search, Josceline discovered a cache of unpublished letters from Burne-Jones to her great-grandmother May Gaskell, Amy's mother.They formed a passionate and prolific correspondence, of up to five letters a day, from the last six years of the painter's life. As she read, more and more questions were raised: why did Burne-Jones feel he had to protect May from an overwhelming sadness? What was the deep secret she had confided to him? And what was the tragic truth behind beautiful Amy's wayward, wandering life, her strange marriage and her unexplained early death?show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 32mm | 381.02g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations (some col.), ports.
  • 0552999814
  • 9780552999816
  • 462,439

About Josceline Dimbleby

Josceline Dimbleby is the author of many bestselling cookery books and a winner of the Andre Simon and Glenfiddich Cookery food-writers' awards. She wrote a cookery column for the Sunday Telegraph for fifteen years. She recently turned to travel writing and has written travel pieces for the Mail on Sunday, Conde Nast Traveller and Sainsburys Magazine.show more

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"This enthralling family romance explores a lost world of hidden love...more compelling than many novels and more informative than most history books." * Observer * "An entirely captivating book...Josceline Dimbleby's greatest gift as a story-teller is her ability to communicate the excitement of her discoveries... compelling." -- Miranda Seymour * Sunday Times * "An engrossing portrait." -- Kate Chisholm * Daily Telegraph * "Enchanting." * Independent * "An unexpected page-turner." * Independent on Sunday *show more

Review Text

"An engrossing portrait."show more

Back cover copy

A chance encounter with Andrew Lloyd Webber at a summer party sent Josceline Dimbleby on a quest to uncover a mystery in her own family's past. Her great-aunt Amy Gaskell was the subject of a beautiful dark portrait by the Pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones, but all that was known about Amy, according to family lore, was that she had 'died young of a broken heart'.   In her search, Josceline discovered a cache of unpublished letters from Burne-Jones to her great-grandmother May Gaskell, Amy's mother.They formed a passionate and prolific correspondence, of up to five letters a day, from the last six years of the painter's life. As she read, more and more questions were raised: why did Burne-Jones feel he had to protect May from an overwhelming sadness? What was the deep secret she had confided to him? And what was the tragic truth behind beautiful Amy's wayward, wandering life, her strange marriage and her unexplained early death?show more

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77 ratings
3.42 out of 5 stars
5 18% (14)
4 30% (23)
3 34% (26)
2 13% (10)
1 5% (4)
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