Ep. 95: Catherine Ostler, Author of The Duchess Countess

This week, I’m speaking with Catherine Ostler about her new book, The Duchess Countess: The Woman Who Scandalized Eighteenth-Century London, which explores the life of the stylish and infamous Elizabeth Chudleigh, Duchess of Kingston.

We discuss Elizabeth Chudleigh’s notoriety and what it reveals about the Georgian era, writing the book you want to read, the literary characters the Duchess Countess inspired, transporting readers to the past, and much more.



“The real-life tale of Elizabeth Chudleigh is begging for a Netflix adaptation, with shades of Jane Austen, Bridgerton, and a dash of The Scarlet Letter.” —The New York Times



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Catherine Ostler is an author and journalist who has been editor-in-chief of Tatler, the Evening Standard (London), and editor of The Times (London) Weekend Edition. She has also written for a wide range of publications, including VogueDaily Mail (London), and Newsweek. She read English at Oxford University, specializing in literature. 

To learn more about Catherine Ostler and follow her on social media visit https://www.catherineostler.com.


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Laura Szaro Kopinski



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