She possessed a stunning beauty. She also possessed a stunning mind. Could the world handle both? Her beauty almost certainly saved her from the rising Nazi party and led to marriage with an Austrian arms dealer. She devised a plan to flee in disguise from their castle, and the whirlwind escape landed her in Hollywood. She became Hedy Lamarr, screen star.
Please refresh the page and retry. Modernist writer Woolf had two of her novels in the top three: To The Lighthouse in second place and Mrs Dalloway in third. The list included only novels by British authors, and ruled out no nonfiction, plays, narrative or epic poems nor short story collections, as well as work by Irish writers such as James Joyce. Although the number of books written by men far outweighs the number written by women: 73 to 37, the top 10 books are comprised of six novels written by women and four by men: three of which were the work of Charles Dickens. The list includes almost double the number of men to women: 47 to 24, but the top 10 bucks these figures, with five female authors listed to just two men: Dickens and William Makepeace Thackeray, for his novel Vanity Fair.
Novelists come to historical fiction from multiple points of origin, and their research approaches differ widely. How did the young Alexandrina Victoria steel herself to the surprising news that she was—suddenly, and despite serious pushback—the Queen of England? An unflinching portrait of a grieving woman whose talent is seen as both a boon and a curse. The only surviving sister is also heard from in this piercing epic that spans three decades and shines light on the cost—and necessity—of intellectual bravery.