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ebook / ISBN-13: 9780857387820

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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Historical Fiction

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Loyalty tested to the limit. Dangerous secrets to keep.

A lifelong friendship between a princess and a commoner.

Nellie Welche’s life changes for ever when she’s proposed as companion to Princess Sophia, daughter of mad King George III and Queen Charlotte. Taken into the heart of the family, Nellie is privy to the innermost secrets of the rotten House of Hanover.

From the first rumblings of the French Revolution to the beginnings of the railway age, Nellie charts their story as she and Sofy support each other through the ups and downs of their extraordinary lives.


'Finds the author at her sharpest and wittiest best ... Nellie is a character to love, and her eye on the world illuminating' Daily Mail.
Daily Mail
'Funny, fascinating and profoundly moving. I savoured every sentence' Freya North.
Freya North
'Laurie Graham has given us a determined heroine whose vividly rendered voice can make the reader laugh, and then on the next sentence, catch a breath with emotion ... thoroughly recommended' Historical Novel Society.
Historical Novel Society
'a fascinating book, it's very, very funny' Libby Purves.
Libby Purves
'A portrait of the riotous, tragicomic, dysfunctional, bonkers Royal family of poor George III and his children ... their behaviour makes you realise that Prince Harry is a quiet little chap who never puts a foot wrong ... Fascinating, very, very funny, ultimately humane' Marian Keyes.
Marian Keyes
'It's a perfect book for a sunny day in the garden ... Laurie Graham takes us once again into places we never thought we'd get to - and no matter how wonderful or horrible the people there are, they're always really touching and funny' Paul Magrs.
Paul Magrs
'Laurie Graham has proved herself in recent books to be a delightfully smart and sophisticated historical novelist, and in A Humble Companion she brings her sharp-eyed observation to bear on an intriguing Regency tale' Sunday Times.
Sunday Times
'Graham has an understated wit that catches the moment perfectly ... It's a book which will stand rereading' The Bookbag.
'Both history and fiction are extremely well served here; Graham has conjured up a quite beautiful tale' Woman's Way magazine.
Woman's Way magazine