A dramatic, sparkling tale of sex, glamour, intrigue, romance and heartbreak, "England's Mistress" traces the rise and rise of the gorgeous Emma Hamilton. Born into poverty, she clawed her way up through London's underworlds of sex for sale to become England's first media superstar. Nothing could stand in her way of her desire to live out her dream - except her self-destructive desires. Drawing on hundreds of previously undiscovered letters, and told with a novelist's flair, "England's Mistress" captures the relentless drive, innovative style and burning passion of a true heroine. In a world of tabloid fame and three-minute wonders, Emma's life is truly a tale for our time.
Kate studied her BA at Somerville College, Oxford where she was a College Scholar and received the Violet Vaughan Morgan University Scholarship. She then took her MA at Queen Mary, University of London and her DPhil at Oxford, where she received a graduate prize. She also took an MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway. She now teaches at Royal Holloway.
Kate has written books on Emma Hamilton and Queen Victoria, and her historical novel, The Pleasures of Men, about Catherine Sorgeiul, a young woman in 1840 who terrifies herself with her obsession with a murderer, is published in January. She began writing the book while living in Paris, one summer - as she found herself wandering the streets alone at night, Catherine and the Man of Crows came into her mind.....
Her third history book will be out in 2012 and her third novel will be published in 2013.
Her second book, Becoming Queen, about the passionate youth of Queen Victoria and Princess Charlotte, England's lost queen, was published in September 2008. It was serialised in the Sunday Telegraph Stella Magazine, and a Book of the Year in the Tatler and Spectator. Kate discussed it on Woman's Hour, the Guestlist on Classic FM and the Simon Mayo programme on Radio 5.
Kate's BBC 2 Timewatch special on 'Young Victoria', based on Becoming Queen, was shown on Saturday 18 October 2008 and 19 April 2009. Acclaimed by the Guardian as 'telly history at its best', the Times as 'excellent', and by the Radio Times as 'superb', it received over 2.2 milllion viewers and has been shown around the world.
She appears regularly on radio and television, most recently as a panellist on Newsnight Review and discussing history on Newsnight, the Today Programme, BBC Breakfast, Channel 4 News, Woman's Hour and More4 News. Her Radio 4 documentary, 'Samuel Smiles: Grandfather of Self-Help', exploring the legacy of Self Help, 150 years after its publication, was broadcast on 2 July 2009.
Her first book, England's Mistress: the Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton was published in 2006, after five years of research in archives across the world. It was Book of the Week on Radio 4, a Book of the Year in the Times and the Independent and shortlisted for the Marsh Prize for Biography. 'A wonderful, sparkling biography', Amanda Foreman.