Daisy Goodwin is an eminent British television producer, poetry anthologist and novelist. She is the owner of Silver River Productions (which has produced among many others the Supersizers Go….series with Giles Corden) and her debut novel My Last Duchess was published by Headline Review in 2010 in the UK and St Martin’s Press in the USA to rave reviews:
‘Sparkling and thoroughly engaging…the story of a poor little rich girl learning the hard way how to concentrate on the next step along the tightrope makes for a highly enjoyable and intelligent read’--The Sunday Times
A wonderful guilty pleasure of a read…the detailing is beautiful, the great phalanx of historical characters amusing and the relief of reading a novel that puts enjoyment first, so rare and gratifying that I am ready for a sequel’–Amanda Foreman, Sunday Telegraph
Her second novel was published by Headline in 2013.
THE FORTUNE HUNTER
Praise for My Last Duchess:
‘A wonderful guilty pleasure… the relief of reading a novel that puts enjoyment first’ (Amanda Foreman, Sunday Telegraph)
‘Sparkling and thoroughly engaging…highly enjoyable’ (The Times)
‘Pure, light-hearted, unpretentious entertainment’ (Sunday Express)
Full of passion and drama, Fortune Hunter tells the true story of a nineteenth century Queen of Hearts and a cavalry captain, and the struggle between love and duty.
PUBLISHER: Headline Review
US PUBLISHER: St Martin’s Press
PUBLICATION DATE: 24th April 2014
US PUBLICATION DATE: 29th July 2014
RIGHTS CONTROLLED: Translation
RIGHTS SOLD: Czech, German, Italian, Latvian, Norwegian, Romanian, Serbian, Spanish
Cora Cash, possibly the wealthiest heiress in 1890s America, has been raised to believe that money will open every door to her. But when her mother whisks Cora to England to secure her an aristocratic match, Cora is dismayed by the welcome she at first receives. The great English houses in which she is entertained are frosty and forbidding, dogged by intrigue above stairs, and gossip below. And it is only when she loses her heart – to a man she barely knows – that Cora realises the game she is playing is one she does not full understand, and that her own future happiness could be the prize.
‘Anyone suffering Downton Abbey withdrawal symptoms (who isn’t?) will find an instant tonic in Daisy Goodwin’s My Last Duchess … this is a deliciously evocative first novel that lingers in the mind. Henry James with belles on.’–Allison Pearson, Telegraph, Books of the Year for Christmas
‘Intelligent exploration of the gulf between the New World and the old – and one woman’s spirited attempt to bridge it’–Guardian