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A rich historical novel based on real characters detailing the life-long friendship between a royal princess and a commoner in which dangerous secrets must be kept and loyalty is tested to the limits.

Nellie’s life changes forever when she becomes 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.


'It's a fascinating book, it's very, very funny' Libby Purves.
Libby Purves
'Why is Laurie Graham not carried on people's shoulders through cheering crowds? Her books are brilliant!' Marian Keyes.
Marian Keyes
'A delightfully smart and sophisticated historical novelist' Sunday Times.
Sunday Times
'Every page is a joy to read' Daily Mail.
Daily Mail
'Funny, fascinating and profoundly moving. I savoured every sentence' Freya North.
Freya North