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The Improbable Adventures of Miss Emily Soldene: Actress, Writer, and Rebel Victorian

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Author: Helen Batten

Genre: Historical
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780749026578
Rights: World English
Pub. Date: 23rd September 2021

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

A portrait of an almost forgotten star who trod the boards, travelled the globe and tore up the Victorian rule book.

From humble beginnings as the daughter of a Clerkenwell milliner, Emily Soldene rose to become a star 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 grit and glamour of Victorian music halls and theatres, taking encounters with the Pre-Raphaelites and 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.

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'A vivid tale of a woman born for the stage, stardom and scandal. Batten has recovered an indomitable character from the legions of Victorian women who didn’t play by the rules and whose stories have long been lost to us'Holly Kyte, author of Roaring Girls: The Forgotten Feminists of British History

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‘What a woman Emily was: inspiring and exhilarating in equal measure. ‘The Great Undefeated’ was a great soubriquet, as she’s one of the most irrepressible women I’ve come across. Congratulations to Helen on writing about Emily with such vivacity and obvious affection - and on having such fabulously interesting kinswomen!’Jane Robinson, author of Bluestockings

'Victorian women can no longer be dismissed as weak, disenfranchised victims; there were many, like Emily, who made their own lives unusual, fascinating and well worth remembering’Lucinda Hawksley, author of The Mystery of Princess Louise

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