Rachel Holmes is the author of Eleanor Marx: A Life, The Secret Life of Dr James Barry and The Hottentot Venus: The Life and Death of Saartjie Baartman. She is co-editor of Fifty Shades of Feminism and I Call Myself A Feminist. She lives in London.
Holmes' biography of this unhappy woman is gripping and meticulously researched * Spectator * Impeccable ... In telling her extraordinary story, Holmes's fascinating book illuminates the forces which dominated her age, and resound in our own * Sunday Telegraph * A significant and timely book ... Holmes has produced a laceratingly powerful story * Literary Review * Musters as much factual information as possible, telling her tale with care and respect * Independent *