Providing a personal perspective of domestic life in the 19th century, this fascinating biography of Lady Barker sheds light on a Victorian author, Anne Stewart, who lived in England, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Mauritius, Australia, and Trinidad through the course of her life. Illustrating the trials and tribulations of being a female author during that period of time, this volume also demonstrates how Anne's life was impacted by momentous historical events, such as the Indian Mutiny and the Zulu Wars. The only biography on Anne Stewart, it reveals the female perspective of what it meant to be a wife and mother during the greatest expansion of the British Empire.
Betty Gilderdale is a contributor to The Oxford History of New Zealand Literature and The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. She is the recipient of the PEN Best First Book Award for A Sea Change: 145 Years of New Zealand Junior Fiction and the author of Introducing Margaret Mahy and The Little Yellow Digger.