Research finds kid’s screentime went up 83 minutes a day during covid. Mums everywhere sigh.
Research finds kid’s screentime went up 83 minutes a day during covid. Mums everywhere sigh.

Amanda Cassidy

When it comes to fictionalising the experiences of real life people, where do we draw the moral line?
When it comes to fictionalising the experiences of real life people, where do we draw...

Sarah Gill

Michelle Moroney: ‘The Wim Hof Method made me a more tolerant, resilient person’
Michelle Moroney: ‘The Wim Hof Method made me a more tolerant, resilient person’

IMAGE

This surprisingly modern four-bed family home is on the market for €335,000
This surprisingly modern four-bed family home is on the market for €335,000

Sarah Finnan

This Irish family’s Puglia renovation is a gorgeous combination of old and new
This Irish family’s Puglia renovation is a gorgeous combination of old and new

Megan Burns

The IMAGE Shopping Basket: 50 of the best pieces from the highstreet sales
The IMAGE Shopping Basket: 50 of the best pieces from the highstreet sales

Sarah Finnan

Five food experiences coming up across Dublin that should definitely be on your radar
Five food experiences coming up across Dublin that should definitely be on your radar

Sarah Gill

Marianne Smyth, aka @smythsisters, on the trending summer buys to shop now
Marianne Smyth, aka @smythsisters, on the trending summer buys to shop now

Marianne Smyth

The big-busted bra shopping guide
The big-busted bra shopping guide

Edaein OConnell

What exactly does Roe v. Wade being overturned mean?
What exactly does Roe v. Wade being overturned mean?

Amanda Cassidy

Image / Editorial

The Fortune Hunter


By Jeanne Sutton
28th Apr 2014
The Fortune Hunter

Daisy Goodwin’s latest novel details the based-on-real-life love affair between one of Victorian England’s most accomplished equestrian stars and a celebrity royal.

Captain Bay Middleton is the equerry in question – that’s the person responsible for the royal’s horses. Not a particularly wealthy man, he is a popular and a renowned athlete. When Sisi, the Empress of Austria, arrives in England to hunt foxes without her stultifying husband, Bay is appointed her pilot – that’s a guide in the hunt for us terra firma plebs. They immediately click while our second heroine, heiress Charlotte Baird, watches from the sidelines as the man she is starting to fall in love with engages in a high profile relationship with a creature she can’t hope to match. Charlotte also finds time to explore a then unusual hobby, photography, while multi-tasking her heartbreak and high society.

97807553480841

Goodwin is a television producer and a popular poetry anthologist. Her recent segue in recent years into a fully-fledged novelist has been pretty much seamless. We were fans of Goodwin’s?The Last Duchess, which explored the late nineteenth century trend of American heiresses shopping for English titled men – think?Downton Abbey-esque but with a beating pulse – and feel that she is fast-becoming one of out must-buys for when we need that upper-class British time-travelling holiday. The historical research is always interesting and doesn’t weigh down the plot. Also her characters sympathetic, especially Sisi whose?Wikipedia is really a treasure trove of somewhat incredible behavior.?Princess Di has got nothing on the Austrian Empress. Charlotte’s ability to hold onto herself amid the push-and-pull of society and the pressure of the marriage market marked her out as the girl the hero ought to see clearer sooner, but Middleton’s following his immediate desires marked him out as a realistic guy you understand, and like. We do like the sight of a normal romantic hero after the past few seasons of?unbearable hipsters and tortured millionaires with private jets and sordid desires.

The Fortune Hunter is available to buy?here.

Jeanne Sutton?@jeannedesutun