Hallie Rubenhold is a former museum curator and social historian who has made her name by discovering and bringing to the public attention the stories of previously unknown women. Her first book, The Covent Garden Ladies, (The History Press, 2005) recounts the history of The Harris’s List of Covent Garden Ladies, the notorious 18th century guide to prostitutes. The Covent Garden Ladies has become a cult sensation and not only was the subject of a BBC 4 documentary presented by Hallie, but has been singlehandedly responsible for reviving an interest in the material amongst academics, artists, film makers, writers and designers.
Her second work of non-fiction, The Scandalous Lady W (originally published as Lady Worsley’s Whim, Chatto & Windus, 2008) recounts the infamous lives of Sir Richard and Lady Worsley, and their shocking adultery trial. It was BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week in 2008 and was dramatised for BBC2 in August 2015, starring Natalie Dormer and Shaun Evans.
Hallie has also written two novels; Mistress of My Fate (Transworld, 2011) and The French Lesson,(Transworld) due for publication in April 2016.
She frequently appears on television as an expert contributor and acts as an historical consultant for period dramas. You can learn more about her work on her website: www.hallierubenhold.com