Augusta Leigh

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Pimlico, 2002 - Great Britain - 438 pages
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Augusta Leigh was the child of one of the most notorious scandals of late 18th-Century England - the elopement of 'Mad Jack' Byron with the beautiful and willful Marchioness of Carmarthen - and scandal would pursue Augusta her whole life. Her marriage to the equerry of the Prince of Wales brought her nothing but poverty and seven children. Her love affair with her half-brother, Lord Byron, was largely responsible for his separation from his wife and his subsequent exile. This is the first biography of her life in thirty years.

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Michael Bakewell has spent most of his life in radio and television with occasional excursions into the theatre. After working as Head of Plays in BBC television in the 1960s, he left to become a freelance director of features and documentaries on an improbable range of subjects from Caspar David Friedrich to Housing the Elderly. His biography of Lewis Carroll was published in 1996. Melissa Bakewell has written and compiled a number of biographical features for BBC radio, including programmes on Celia Fiennes, Dickens, Leigh Hunt, Elizabeth David and Byron. Michael and Melissa Bakewell have been married for twenty-five years and live near Colchester.

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