FROM THE CREATOR OF DOWNTOWN ABBEY The New York Times bestselling novel about scandalous secrets and star-crossed lovers On the evening of 15 June 1915, the great and the good of British society have gathered in Brussels at what is to become one of the most tragic parties in history - the Duchess of Richmond's ball. For this is the eve of the Battle of Waterloo, and many of the handsome young men attending the ball will find themselves, the very next day, on the battlefield.For Sophia Trenchard, the young and beautiful daughter of Wellington's chief supplier, this night will change everything. But it is only twenty-five years later, when the upwardly mobile Trenchards move into the fashionable new area of Belgravia, that the true repercussions of that moment will be felt. For in this new world, where the aristocracy rub shoulders with the emerging nouveau riche, there are those who would prefer the secrets of the past to remain buried...
JULIAN FELLOWES won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in his movie screenwriting debut for Robert Altman's Gosford Park. His new version of Vanity Fair with Reese Witherspoon is scheduled for release in 2004, and he is writing the book for a stage production of Mary Poppins, to be produced by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh. He and his wife, Emma, a lady-in-waiting to HRH Princess Michael of Kent, divide their time between London and their country house in Dorset.
Imogen Edwards-Jones is the coauthor of the internationally bestselling "Hotel Babylon" and the novel "Tuscany for Beginners." She lives in London with her husband and their baby daughter.
Lindy Woodhead worked in international fashion public relations for over twenty-five years and in the late 80s became the first woman on the board of directors of Harvey Nichols. Her first book, War Paint: The Biography of Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, was published in 2004.