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Courtesan’s Revenge

Frances Wilson
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Harriette Wilson was the most desired and the most dangerous woman in Regency London. This highly acclaimed biography reveals for the first time the true story behind her sensational life and scandalous ‘Memoirs’. When her former lovers – including much of the British aristocracy – turned against her, she knew exactly how to take revenge . . .

‘A wonderful book. Much more than a biography of one attractive, witty woman, it offers a deft analysis of how Britain dealt with celebrity, sex, power and popular journalism in an age that bears remarkable similarities to our own . . . Frances Wilson is not only a first-rate scholar but also a wonderful storyteller who manages to get inside her namesake’s famously creamy skin and tell her story with wit and understanding.’ Kathryn Hughes, Mail on Sunday

‘Lively and stylish . . . Reveals how dangerous the courtesan who operated at the heart of the political world was thought to be.’ Anne Sebba, Spectator

‘Harriette’s story is deftly and stylishly told. It beats most novels with its rich ingredients.’ Frances Spalding, Daily Mail


Frances Wilson is the author of Literary Seductions, which was praised by Alain de Botton as ‘psychologically rich and wise’, and The Courtesan’s Revenge, which was described as “a wonderful biography … Witty and sharp’ by Jane Ridley in the Spectator. She lives in London with her daughter.

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