Rachel Trethewey was born in Torquay, Devon. She has always loved history. After attending Torquay Girls’ Grammar School, she read History at St Edmund Hall, Oxford where she won the Philip Geddes Prize for Student Journalism. Her journalistic career began on the Daily Express Women’s Page, she went on to write for the Daily Mail’s Femail and has reviewed books for the Independent. She has also written for a range of women’s magazines. As a mature student she completed an MA in Victorian Studies and a PhD on the Progressive Ideas of Anna Laetitia Barbauld at Exeter University. She has written three books, Mistress of the Arts: The Passionate Life of Georgina, Duchess of Bedford, Pearls Before Poppies: The Story of the Red Cross Pearls and Before Wallis: Edward VIII’s Other Women.Read more Read less
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