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The Improbable Adventures of Miss Emily Soldene

Actress, Writer, and Rebel Victorian

Helen Batten

9780749026578
320 pages
Allison & Busby Ltd
Overview

‘I rode on the stage in such style, that the men in front forgot I was a girl, and also forgot to laugh.’

From humble beginnings as the daughter of a Clerkenwell milliner, Emily Soldene rose to become a leading lady of the London stage and a formidable impresario with her own opera company. The darling of London’s theatreland, she later reinvented herself as a journalist and writer who scandalised the capital with her backstage revelations.

Weaving through the spurious glamour of Victorian music halls and theatres, taking encounters with the Pre-Raphaelites and legal disputes involving Charles Dickens in her stride, Emily became the toast of New York and ventured far off the beaten track to tour in Australia and New Zealand. In The Improbable Adventures of Miss Emily Soldene, a life filled with performance, travel and incident returns to centre stage.

Author Bio
Helen is a best-selling non-fiction writer who lives in London and works as a psychotherapist. After reading history at Cambridge, Helen studied journalism at Cardiff and worked in television, producing and directing documentaries for the BBC. Helen has had three non-fiction books published.