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My Last Duchess by Daisy Goodwin

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With its lavish period detail, gossip below stairs, and intrigue above My Last Duchess is a genuine genre buster that has the potential to appeal to the widest possible audience. Stylish and atmospheric of time and place it's also full of intrigue and passion; in all a very satisfying read.

Shortlisted for the Galaxy Popular Fiction Book of the Year Award 2011.

Featured on The TV Book Club on More4 on 13 Mar 2011.

Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 27 January 2011.

If you like Daisy Goodwin you might also like to read books by Deborah Swift, Rebecca Dean and Richard Mason.


My Last Duchess by Daisy Goodwin

Cora Cash, possibly the wealthiest heiress in 1890s America, has been raised to believe that money will open every door to her. But when her mother whisks Cora to England to secure her an aristocratic match, Cora is dismayed by the welcome she at first receives. The great English houses in which she is entertained are frosty and forbidding, dogged by intrigue above stairs, and gossip below. And it is only when she loses her heart to a man she barely knows that Cora realises the game she is playing is one she does not full understand, and that her own future happiness could be the prize.


'I was seduced by this book, rather as Cora is seduced by her duke: with great skill and confidence. Daisy Goodwin's first novel is intriguing, atmospheric and extremely stylish. I was still thinking about it long after I had reached the end'
Penny Vincenzi

'A pleasure from start to finish'
Woman & Home

'Daisy Goodwin's debut novel is a delightful confection -- a clash of cultures set in late 19th-century England, embellished with the glittering lavishness that the period implies
Marie Claire

'Sparkling and thoroughly engaging...the story of a poor little rich girl learning the hard way how to concentrate on the next step along the tightrope makes for a highly enjoyable and intelligent read'
The Sunday Times

'Deliciously classy. An intelligent pleasure, full of exquisite period detail.'
Kate Mosse, Guardian

About the Author

Daisy Goodwin

Daisy Goodwin was our Guest Editor in May 2014 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.

Daisy Goodwin was educated at Cambridge and Columbia University. She is a television producer and has edited a number of poetry anthologies. In 2010 her first novel, My Last Duchess was published to critical acclaim and she was chair of the judging panel of the Orange Prize for Fiction. She is married with two daughters.

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6th January 2011


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