DAISY GOODWIN is the author of the "New York Times "bestselling novels "The Fortune Hunter "and "The American Heiress." She is a Harkness scholar who attended Columbia University's film school after earning a degree in history at Cambridge University and was formerly a leading television producer in the U.K. Her poetry anthologies, including "101 Poems That Could Save Your Life, "have introduced many new readers to the pleasures of poetry, and she was Chair of the judging panel of the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction. She and her husband, an ABC TV executive, have two daughters and live in London.
Advance Praise for "The American Heiress"
"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, author of GEORGIANA, DUCHESS OF DEVONSHIRE, winner of the Whitbread Prize for Biography
"A shrewd, spirited historical romance with flavors of Edith Wharton, Daphne du Maurier, Jane Austen, "Upstairs, Downstairs" and a dash of "People" magazine that charts a bumpy marriage of New World money and Old World tradition.... Goodwin's debut, a knowing, judicious blend of Gilded Age extravagance, below-stairs perspective, ...and sophisticated social tableaux, offers reader satisfaction....Superior entertainment." --"Kirkus Reviews "(starred review)"" "Top-notch writing brings to life the world of wealth on both sides of the Atlantic. This debut's strong character development and sense of place will please fans of historical romance, including book club members." --"Library Journal" (starred review) "" "This lush look at Edwardian excess and scandal on both sides of the Atlantic...is a propulsive story of love, manners, culture clash, and store-bought class from a time long past that proves altogether fresh.""--Publishers Weekly" "Deliciously classy. A story that gallops along, full of exquisite period detail." --Kate Mosse, author of LABYRINTH and SEPULCHRE
"I was seduced by this book, rather as Cora was seduced by her duke: with great skill and confidence. Intriguing, atmospheric, and extremely stylish, I was still thinking about it long after I had reached the end." --Penny Vincenzi, author of THE BEST OF TIMES "Sparkling and thoroughly engaging...a delight. Filled with vitality and peopled by a vigorous supporting cast of characters...the story of a poor little rich girl learning the hard way... makes for a highly enjoyable and intelligent read." --"London Sunday Times"