The extraordinary life of Frances Milton following earlier biographies (Marie Corelli, Quida, The Passionate Victorian) is recorded here with both authority and vivacity and presents a figure of unusual interest. For, a country parson's daughter, she was to become one of the wittiest hostesses of her century, the intimate of many celebrities, and a novelist and perpetual travel book writer. She was also a woman of passionate optimism and abounding love, which curiously stopped short only at Anthony, the novelist, whom she considered dull and loutish and for whom she planned a career as a clerk. The wife of an ailing, argumentative and unsuccessful barrister, her existence was a constant struggle to feed, cloths and educate her five children. And due to early hardships, three of them became tubercular though she dragged them from Memphis to Florence in search of a better life and a sunnier climate. An agitator as well as an observer, she was also a violent enthusiast of many cults- from hypnotism to missionary work- which kept her in motion and on the move to remote parts of the world... A portrait, which reflects the managerial talents and lively interests of a woman whose presence and personality should prove exciting reading for many.