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  • Published: 1 July 2005
  • ISBN: 9780099478485
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • RRP: $19.99

Lady's Maid



'Compulsively readable' - Guardian

London 1844, and a shy young woman has arrived to take up a new position in the grandeur of No. 50, Wimpole Street. Subtly and compellingly, Lady's Maid gives voice to Elizabeth Wilson's untold story, her complex relationship with her mistress, Elizabeth Barrett, and her dramatic role in the most famous elopement in history.

  • Published: 1 July 2005
  • ISBN: 9780099478485
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Margaret Forster

Born in Carlisle, Margaret Forster was the author of many successful and acclaimed novels, including Have the Men Had Enough?, Lady's Maid, Diary of an Ordinary Woman, IsThere Anything You Want?, Keeping the World Away, Over and The Unknown Bridesmaid. She also wrote bestselling memoirs – Hidden Lives, Precious Lives and, most recently, My Life in Houses – and biographies. She was married to writer and journalist Hunter Davies and lived in London and the Lake District. She died in February 2016, just before her last novel, How to Measure a Cow, was published.

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Praise for Lady's Maid

From the viewpoint of Elizabeth Wilson-lady's maid, Margaret Forster retells the love story of Robert and Elizabeth Browning-enthralling

Daily Telegraph

Compulsively readable-at each climax of the story, from the Browning's runaway romance to her own equally compromised and complicated marriage, the lady's maid speaks directly and at the last most movingly

Guardian

Passion, melodrama, pathos-and a happy ending. What more can you ask for?

Daily Mail

Movingly told-Wilson's pleasures, losses and disappointments in love are complicated and excellently understated, imagined as a contrast to the grand passions she has to serve

Times Literary Supplement

Accomplished, beautifully written-packed with discreet domestic detail

Financial Times

Fact and fiction are skilfully interwoven-beautifully done

Evening Standard

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