An enormous bird’s nest is found in the attic. Hundreds of photographs and letters are tangled in its straw.
The first letter begins: ‘Well dear friend, I note all you said about Mr Bowen and that vile woman.’
The start of a journey.
When I moved into an old house in the north of England, I found a horde of old photographs and letters in the attic, all belonging to a mysterious woman called Annie Bowen.
Who was she? And what was her story?
Back I went to the Victorian era to find out. Then across the globe, contacting her descendants.
Moving from one astonishing place to another, I discovered her lovers and rivals, her friends and family, the places in her world, and the secrets of her life.
The Love of Dangerous Men tells that amazing story.
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