Release date: 4th August 2011
Published by: Avon Harper Collins
ISBN No: 978 1 84756 250 0
Growing up in the bawdy atmosphere of 17th Century Covent Garden, Nell Gwynn is little more than a girl when she enters the world of the courtesan. But Nell learns the hard way that to be at the mercy of unscrupulous men is no life at all. With London’s theatres flourishing, Nell seizes an opportunity to change her luck and takes a job selling oranges at The King’s Playhouse in Drury Lane. It isn't long before Nell takes centre stage and her saucy wit and ambitious temperament soon catch the eye of the young King Charles II. But can she keep him enthralled when the country’s finest ladies are vying for his attentions at court?
Gillian Bagwell began her professional life as an actress before moving into directing and producing. Gillian started researching Nell Gwynn as the subject of a one-woman play until she realised this format could not do justice to the richness of Nell’s life. She started writing 'The Darling Strumpet' when she was living in London in 2006.