Spirited biography and quest to unearth the secrets of Princess Louise - a royal desperate to escape her inheritance
Lucinda Hawksley is a writer and lecturer on art history and nineteenth-century history. She has written biographies of the pre-Raphaelite muse Lizzie Siddal, Charles Dickens, and Katey, one of Dickens' children. She is the great great great granddaughter of Charles and Catherine Dickens and is a patron of the Charles Dickens Museum in London.
Satisfyingly replete with eye-popping stories of life at the
various palaces -- Rachel Cooke * Observer *
The fullest biography yet of a princess who was friends with Josephine Butler, a feminist and advocate for the health of sex workers, well deserves its place on the shelf -- Lucy Worsley * Sunday Express *
Lively, engaging and buoyantly enthusiastic, Hawksley's gallant but necessarily speculative book should encourage the royal archivists to stop being so protective -- Miranda Seymour * Sunday Times *
I've always wanted to know more about Princess Louise... Biographies of Kate Perugini and Elizabeth Siddal - who moved in similar artistic circles - drew Hawksley to her. Court secrecy meant that resourcefulness was needed to write it -- Ruth Richardson * Times Higher Education *
Hawksley's entertaining and lengthy book gives a vivid insight into Victorian royal life and the repressions and sexual hypocrisies of those days -- Anthony Looch * UK Press Syndication *