Charlotte Bingham

  • Debutantes

  • Fans of Louise Douglas, Dinah Jeffries and Bridgerton will love this wonderfully evocative and enthralling romantic sage by the million copy and Sunday Times bestselling author Charlotte Bingham.

    "Charlotte Bingham...always tells a rattling good story...Pure escapism!" - Woman and Home

    "A big wallowy delicious read" - THE TIMES
    "I couldn't put it down - it is such compulsive stuff that when I finished it I couldn't wait to start it again" -- ***** Reader review
    "Fabulous reading" - ***** Reader review
    "Wonderfully clever and witty" -- ***** Reader review


    London in the 1890s
    : nicely brought-up girls focus on one thing and one thing alone: marriage. The Season in London and, the ultimate goal, Coming Out as a debutante are therefore vital in leading them along this path. But along the way they have to survive a terrifying few months, a make-or-break time in which their family's hopes for them can only be fulfilled through a proposal.

    For Lady Emily Persse, Coming Out means leaving her beloved Ireland and its informalities for England and its stricter codes. For Portia Tradescant, released from the boredom of life in the English countryside, it means trying to get through the Season despite the best efforts of her eccentric Aunt Tattie. For beautiful May Danby, the Season is an entrée to a whole other life, worlds away from her strict convent upbringing in Yorkshire.

    A London Season is not just about the debutantes themselves. It is as much about the women who launch them, and the Society which supports their way of life.

    It is also about the battle for power, privilege and money, fought, not in the male tradition upon the battlefield, but in the female the ballroom.

Charlotte Bingham comes from a literary family - her father sold a story to H. G. Wells when he was only seventeen - and Charlotte wrote her autobiography, Coronet Among the Weeds at the age of nineteen. Since then, she has written comedy and drama series, films and plays for both England and America with her husband, the actor and playwright Terence Brady. Her published novels include the highly acclaimed bestsellers Summertime, The Season, The Love Knot, The Kissing Garden, Love Song, To Hear a Nightingale, The Business, In Sunshine or Shadow, Stardust, Nanny, Change of Heart, Debutantes, The Nightingale Sings, Grand Affair, The Chestnut Tree, The Wind Off the Sea, The Moon at Midnight, Daughters of Eden, The House of Flowers, The Magic Hour, Friday's Girl, In Distant Fields, The White Marriage, Goodnight Sweetheart, The Land of Summer and The Daisy Club.

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