In late C17th London two women unite to survive: Zenobia, born in poverty, makes a life for herself with her looks; Lily, brought to London on a sugar and slave ship lives as a madam. Set in a murky, merciless London, both find themselves pitted against a manipulative mogul.
Philippa Stockley read English at Oxford and art-historical clothing history at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. Author of The Edge of Pleasure and of A Factory of Cunning, a sequel to Les Liaisons Dangereuses. A professional painter, designer, novelist, editor and journalist, she lives in Whitechapel, London.
“Black Lily would clearly make a terrific TV series. Stockley’s deftly plotted novel has a sting in the tale too.” – Evening Standard
“Philippa Stockley has poured her artistry and knowledge into her latest novel…A deliciously satisfying read.” – Country Life