The bestselling author of Slammerkin vividly brings to life the Beau Monde of late
eighteenth-century England, turning the private drama of three celebrated
Londoners into a robust, full-bodied portrait of a world on the brink of
The Honourable Mrs. Anne Damer is a young widow of eccentric
tastes, the only female sculptor of her time. The Earl of Derby, inventor of
the horse race that bears his name, is the richest man in the House of Lords,
and the ugliest. Miss Eliza Farren, born a nobody, now reigns as Queen of
Comedy at Drury Lane Theatre. In a time of looming war and terrorism, of
glittering spectacle and financial disasters, the wealthy liberals of the Whig
Party work to topple a tyrannical prime minister and a lunatic king. Marriages
and friendships stretch or break; political liaisons prove as dangerous as
erotic ones, and everyone wears a mask.
Will Eliza Farren gain entry to that elite circle that calls
itself the World? Can Lord Derby’s pride endure public mockery of his long,
unconsummated courtship of the actress? Will Anne Damer ever silence the
whispers of Sapphism that have haunted her since her husband’s death? Download and start listening now!