Jennifer - March 3rd, 2017
We are delighted to share with you an extract from Wendy Moore’s stunning new book THE MESMERIST. From the author of the No. 1 bestseller WEDLOCK, comes the story of two pioneering men of science, and a nation in thrall to mesmerism . . . Medicine, in the early 1800s, was a brutal business. Operations were performed without anaesthesia while conventional treatment relied on leeches, cupping and toxic potions. The most surgeons could offer by way of pain relief was a large swig of brandy. Onto this scene came John Elliotson, the dazzling new hope…
Amy Davies - February 12th, 2013
Wendy Moore introduces us to the incredible story of Thomas Day, who in the 18th Century, adopted two orphans in an attempt to create his own perfect wife. In our video Wendy tells us more about the story and reads from the new book.
Amy Davies - February 6th, 2013
In How To Create the Perfect Wife, Wendy Moore tells the true life tale of Thomas Day, a man who knew exactly the sort of woman he wanted to marry. When he realised the woman of his dreams didn’t exist in Georgian society, he set out to create her. Day adopted two young orphans from a Foundling Hospital and, guided by the writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, attempted to teach them to be model wives.
In her guest blog for W&N, Wendy explains how she set about tracing these two foundlings, and in particular the life of Sabrina, through history.