Talk at the Sevenoaks Literary Festival

Talk at the Sevenoaks Literary Festival on September 28th 2010.

‘Star of the Morning: The Extraordinary Life of Lady Hester Stanhope’

New Zealand-born Kirsten Ellis will tell the astonishing story of Lady Hester Stanhope, who spent her early life at Chevening House acting as a political hostess for her uncle, William Pitt the Younger. Famous for her wit, beauty and energy, she became the greatest female traveller of her day, developing a passion for the Arab world. She forged lasting friendships with pashas, emirs and sheikhs, and ended her life living in the Lebanon. Kirsten’s fine biography is based on meticulous research, and breaks new ground in not depicting Lady Hester as an English eccentric but as a power broker and a woman of political ambition and influence whose role prefigured that of Lawrence of Arabia.
This event is sponsored by Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Library.

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