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Wild Romance is at once a biography of an ordinary woman and a history of Victorian-era Britain, while at all times a meticulously researched work of narrative nonfiction. The relevance of the work directly mirrors today's society in which common court cases become news, which in turn become mass entertainment Shortlisted for the Longman-History Today Award 2010
Chloe Schama has written for the New Republic, New York Sun and the Guardian. She lives in Washington, D.C. This is her first book.
'Schama's meticulously researched debut resurrects a forgotten tabloid scandal of the 1850s' Financial Times 'Intriguing ... enthralling' Literary Review 'The true story of a tough but delusional Victorian romantic and a heartless cad' The Times 'Chloe Schama will delight her readers. She writes with confidence and passion, yet with a sensitivity for her subject which is wonderfully appealing. I finished the book with regret, wanting more and impatient for a sequel' Amanda Foreman