• Alive with smouldering passion and passages of real beauty… Unquestionably a novel of unusual power

    Daily Telegraph
  • Glamorous aristocrat, complete with ancient name, Spanish Gypsy blood, lost inheritance and family scandals; reckless, romantic lesbian and cross-dresser; devoted wife to a noted diplomat and diarist; mother of two talented sons; bestselling writer, gardener of genius - what could be more enthralling?

    Hermione Lee, Guardian

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