The Women of Versailles

was published on 11th May


This is what people are saying about it:


As a reader I am not usually drawn into ‘historical’ fiction, with the exception of novels such as Hannah Kent’s The Good People and Sarah Perry’s The Essex Serpent where the past sets the stage for human issues that are still pertinent today. Kate Brown has certainly pulled that off in The Women of Versailles. With black humour reminiscent of Hilary Mantel’s A Place of Greater Safety, the exploration of a teenage girl’s sexuality would be just as relevant in a contemporary setting.

Claire King, author of ‘The Night Rainbow’ and ‘Everything Love Is’


Kate Brown’s tale had me gripped from the very first page. I know next to nothing of the court of Louis XV and Madame de Pompadour, but this novel made me keen to learn more. A coming of age tale exploring the varied lives and expectations of the women of Versailles through the eyes of a young and spirited princess. Dark and rich, The Women of Versailles is filled with political intrigue, sexual awakening, and the roots of revolution.

Peggy Riley, author of ‘Amity and Sorrow’


Poignant, sexy and evocative – there is a timeless quality to Adélaïde’s reflections on the turmoil
of adolescence and double standards in society.

Isabel Costello, The Literary Sofa


Kate’s novel is available from many bookshops.

Ask your local bookshop if they have it in stock. If they don’t have it, they can order it for you.