Gwendolen will be published by Quercus in September

Gwendolen Harleth, the flawed heroine and true protagonist of Daniel Deronda, George Eliot's last great novel, writes her confessional to the man whose ever-imagined gaze has prevailed throughout her life.    [ read more ]

Other Book

Murder at Wrotham Hill

Before dawn on 31 October 1946, less than a year after the slaughter of World War Two, on a bleak roadside in Kent, a lone woman looks to hitch a lift to London. A lorry driver stops. The encounter ends in murder.    [ read more ]

Edith Cavell

Edith Cavell was shot at dawn by the German occupying army in Brussels on the 12th of October 1915. In her fifty years of life she moved from the tranquillity of her childhood as a vicar’s daughter in rural Norfolk, to the constraints of being a governess to other women’s children, to fulfillment as a reforming hospital matron.    [ read more ]

Coconut Chaos

Pitcairn, Mutiny and a Seduction at Sea

Inspired by Diana Souhami’s own eventful voyage to Pitcairn Island, Coconut Chaosweaves together fact and fiction, history and autobiography, humour and danger.    [ read more ]

Natalie and Romaine

Paris, Sappho and Art: The Lives and Loves of Natalie Barney and Romaine Brooks

The sapphic idyll of Natalie Barney and Romaine Brooks. Both were rich, American and grandly lesbian. They met in Paris in 1915 and their relationship lasted more than fifty years, despite wild infidelity, separation and temperamental differences.    [ read more ]

Selkirk’s Island

In 1704 Alexander Selkirk, a mariner, was marooned on the uninhabited island of Juan Fernandez. Four years and four months later two ships landed there and were greeted by a savage-looking man, incoherent with emotion.    [ read more ]

The Trials of Radclyffe Hall

Radclyffe Hall’s novel The Well of Lonelinessabout ‘congenital inverts’ put her publishers, Jonathan Cape, on trial in 1928. The book was banned. The Attorney General described it as ‘propaganda for the practice which has long been known as Lesbianism… it is corrupting and obscene and its publication is a misdemeanour.’ Radclyffe Hall’s life was an emotional trial too.    [ read more ]

Mrs Keppel and Her Daughter

As mistress of Queen Victoria’s son when he was Prince of Wales then King Edward VII Alice Keppel (the great-grandmother of Camilla Parker Bowles) was ‘La Favorita’ of Edwardian high society. The affair brought her social splendour and great riches. Her daughter Violet Trefusis was treated as a pariah and exiled because of her passionate relationship with Vita Sackville-West.    [ read more · read excerpt ]

Greta and Cecil

The story of the strange romance between Greta Garbo - legend of beauty and elusiveness, and Cecil Beaton the leading society photographer.    [ read more · read excerpt ]

Gertrude and Alice

Gertrude Stein and Alice Babette Toklas first met on Sunday 8 September 1907 in Paris. From that day on they were together until Gertrude's death on Saturday 27 July 1946. This is the story of one of the happiest marriages in modern literary history.    [ read more · read excerpt ]


Her Biography

Born Hannah Gluckstein in 1895 into the family that founded the J.Lyons & Co. catering empire, Gluck dressed as a man in clothes designed by Schiaparelli, had love affairs with Society women, chose her own monosyllabic name and exhibited her paintings only in ‘one man’ exhibitions.    [ read more · read excerpt ]

A Woman’s Place

The Changing Picture of Women in Britain

Developed from a British Council exhibition, devised and researched by Diana Souhami, which previewed at the Royal Festival Hall in London in 1984, then toured to thirty different countries.    [ read more ]