A Warm Welcome From Hallie Rubenhold
Author and broadcaster Hallie Rubenhold was born in Los Angeles, California to a British father and an American mother and has spent much of her life between the UK and the US.
Hallie received her B.A. in History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an M.A. in British History and History of Art from the University of Leeds. Remaining at Leeds, she embarked on her studies for a PhD and later completed her thesis on the subject of marriage and child-rearing in the eighteenth century.
Before making a full-time commitment to her computer keyboard, she pursued a more visually stimulating career in the world of museums and galleries, working for a Bond Street art dealer and as a curator at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Hallie has also taught university courses on the history of London and on eighteenth-century painting, and has lectured widely on a variety of aspects of British social, literary and art history in the Stuart and Georgian periods (1660 – 1830); covering a range of subjects from the country house to prostitution.
In 2005, her first non-fiction book, The Covent Garden Ladies was published to great acclaim. This true story of a notorious guidebook to Georgian London’s prostitutes grabbed hold of the public imagination and served as the inspiration for two separate art exhibitions, two television programmes and a student film. The Harlots Handbook, the BBC’s documentary based on The Covent Garden Ladies (first broadcast in 2006) was presented by Hallie as part of the highly successful, The Century that Made Us season.
Her equally celebrated second book, Lady Worsley’s Whim; An Eighteenth Century Tale of Sex, Scandal and Divorce (Chatto & Windus, 2008) became BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week in November of that year. It was published in 2009 in the USA as The Lady in Red (St Martin’s Lane).
In addition to writing books, articles and reviews, Hallie regularly appears on TV as an expert contributor to documentaries. She also acts as a historical consultant for period dramas, most notably the award winning Channel 4 series, City of Vice.
Her novel, Mistress of My Fate, the first book in a new Napoleonic era series was published in the UK by Transworld in July 2011 and in the US by Grand Central in January, 2013. She is currently working on the sequel, The French Lesson. Watch this space!
Hallie lives in London with her husband.