Stella Tillyard has been described by Simon Schama as "dazzling . . . a phenomenally gifted writer." Her books include Aristocrats: Caroline, Emily, Louisa and Sarah Lennox, 1740-1832; Citizen Lord: Edward Fitzgerald, 1763-1798; and most recently A Royal Affair: George III and his Troublesome Siblings. She has lived in the United States and Italy and now lives in London.
Harriet and James's interwoven stories of love and betrayal propel this novel as it moves between Regency London on the cusp of modernity --- a city in love with science, the machine, money --- and the shocking violence of war in Spain.