Mrs Keppel and Her Daughter

HarperCollins · ISBN 978 0 00 255645 3 · 1996

A Sunday Times Bestseller · A New York Times ‘Notable Book of the Year’ · Winner of the Lambda Literary Award · ‘A Good Read’ on BBC Radio 4


Mrs Keppel and Her Daughter is available online from · · Blackwell · Waterstones · WHSmith

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.

An excerpt from Mrs Keppel and Her Daughter is available here.


Both the aristocracy and its double standards about love, marriage and homosexuality have turned out to be remarkably enduring…. Fascinating and richly textured, Souhami’s style is vital, brave and full of flair.

Kennedy Fraser · New York Times

Unnatural vices, acts of illicit passion, kings, mistresses, elopements, extravagant riches – this book has them all. A wonderful story, wonderfully told.

Christopher Hudson · Daily Mail