The extraordinary life of Mary Wesley, whose first novel was published when she was 70 years old. She worked for British Intelligence during the war, and her 70s and 80s packed in the writing and publication of 10 amazingly sexy novels. Her books -exciting, innovative and bestselling - include The Camomile Lawn, which was also made into a TV series.
Mary Wesley herself selected Patrick Marnham as her biographer. She gave him numerous interviews before her death in 2002, and also passed him her diaries and private papers, and authorised her relations and friends to talk openly to him. atrick Marnham lives in Oxfordshire and France. His most recent book, about the French resistance, was described by the Telegraph as 'a brilliant mix of political thriller and wartime history'. He is the biographer of Georges Simenon and Diego Rivera; his books have won the Thomas Cook Travel Prize and the the Marsh Biography Award; and he has written for Private Eye, the Independent and the Spectator. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.