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Description - Lady Hester by Lorna Gibb

Born into the age of revolution, Lady Hester Stanhope had a radical spirit. Following the death of her uncle the Prime Minister William Pitt in 1806, she chose the excitement of travel and adventure over the life of a spinster in polite London society. And she never looked back.

Surviving a terrible shipwreck and the scorn of Lord Byron ('that dangerous thing - a female wit'), Lady Hester adopted male Arabic dress, became the Queen of the Bedouin and was the first European woman ever to enter Palmyra. Recovering from the heartbreak of a passionate love affair, she became a political force in Lebanon. In defiance of despotic war lords she offered sanctuary to an oppressed minority, creating a fortress which became a focus of both gossip and awe.

Told with all the verve of its subject's life, based on much new source material and extensive travel in Hester's footsteps, Lady Hester traces this extraordinary life from Downing Street to an isolated monastery in the hills of Lebanon - a stunning evocation of a unique and pioneering figure.

An enthralling biography of a great British traveller - the tall, headstrong and hugely charismatic Lady Hester Stanhope, who defied social convention to become a powerful figure in the Middle East.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780571217540
ISBN-10: 0571217540
Format: Paperback / softback
(196mm x 126mm x mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publish Date: 4-May-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Lorna Gibb

Lorna Gibb grew up in Bellshill, Scotland and worked as a professional dancer in Italy before studying at London University. She took her PhD at Edinburgh, lectured at Helsinki and Sheffield University, and was a guest lecturer at the University of Salzburg. She lives in London with her husband. Lady Hester is her first biography.

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