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The Fall of the House of Byron

Scandal and Seduction

in Georgian England

*BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week*

*A Sunday Times Book of the Year 2020*

*A Mail on Sunday Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2020*

*A BBC History Magazine Book of the Year 2020*

*Financial Times book to look out for in 2020*

*Shortlisted for the 2020 Elma Dangerfield Prize*

*Sunday Times Best Paperbacks of 2021*

A sumptuous family portrait and an electrifying work of social history,The Fall of the House of Byron follows the fates of Lord Byron's ancestors over three generations in a drama that begins in rural Nottinghamshire and plays out in the gentlemen's clubs of Georgian London, amid tempests on far-flung seas, and in the glamour of pre-revolutionary France.

The scandalous story of his family's fall from grace and grandeur over the course of the 1700s takes in elopement, adultery, murder, kidnapping, the ravages of revolution and war, and the century's most thrilling story of survival against all the odds. Just as it had shocked the society of Georgian London, the outlandish truth about the Byrons – and the myths that began to rise around it – bled into their most notorious descendant's life and poetry for posterity.

(John Murray, 2020)

Mr Darcy's Guide to Courtship

Jane Austen's most famous (& most fancied) hero reveals the secrets of his success with the opposite sex, offering hints to both ladies and gentlemen on the rules of courtship

The Georgian Bawdyhouse

A lively introduction to the sexual underworld of 18th-century England, exploring the lives of those involved in the business of sex, including the 'nymph', the brothel-keeper and their clients

Royal Weddings

Potted history of almost 1000 years of British royal weddings, from Henry I – whose bride was believed by many to be a runaway nun – through Henry VIII's six attempts at matrimony, to the recent weddings of Princes William and Harry

Mr Darcy's Guide to Courtship 

A Publishers Weekly 'Pick of the Week', featured in the New York Times

Stylist magazine's '30 Books Every Woman Should Read'

“A delightful job recreating Darcy at his most cranky, aloof, and – yes -– charming.” –  Publishers Weekly

“Downright hysterical... a fun and quick read that will keep you laughing for a while.” –

“Pitch-perfect ability to capture the stodgy – and, of course, prideful and prejudiced -- voice of one Mr. Darcy ... sure to have Austen/P&P/Darcy fans swooning.” –  The Book Page

“Laugh out loud funny. I really can't recommend this more to fans of Jane Austen, of the movies, and of the era itself.” –

The Georgian Bawdyhouse

"Entertaining, learned and instructive, this is a perfectly pitched little book' 

– Prof Suzannah Lipscomb, historian & broadcaster

"Takes in every aspect of the period's commercial exploitation of female flesh ... excellent.'

– The Dabbler.


'a lightness of touch belies the enormous amount of research that has

clearly gone into every page ... a superb family biography

BBC History Magazine

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