Lucinda Hawksley is the great-great-great granddaughter of Charles Dickens and a patron of the Charles Dickens Museum in London. She has written more than 20 books, including Lizzie Siddal, The Tragedy of a Pre-Raphaelite Supermodel (2004) and Katey, The Life and Loves of Dickens's Artist Daughter (2006). A part-time lecturer as well as a writer, Lucinda is an expert in Dickens's family life and has been awarded a fellowship to study the life of Augustus Dickens (Charles's brother and the original "Boz") at the Newberry Library in Chicago.
'A truly extraordinary achievement.' - A.N. WILSON 'The life behind the model for Millais's Ophelia...The first supermodel, Siddal remains a fascinating figure.' - Tatler 'A seductive biography. The story as it gains in tragedy is irresistible' - The Sunday Times 'This mesmerising biography gives life to an icon, and reads as grippingly as any rags-to-riches novel.' - The Mail on Sunday 'It is the stuff of opera' - Sunday Telegraph 'A heart-wrenching tale of art, addiction, adultery and loss, which transcends the decades. A fluid contemporary classic.' - Skytext