Book cover for 'The Doubtful Diaries of Wicked Mistress Yale' by David Ebsworth

The Doubtful Diaries of Wicked Mistress Yale

David Ebsworth


The first book in a new trilogy by David Ebsworth about the life and times of Catherine Yale, wife of nabob philanthropist and slave trader, Elihu Yale.

  • ISBN 9781781328552
  • Published Apr 2019
  • Paperback
    229 x 152mm (270 pages)


1721, and elderly Catherine Yale discovers that second husband Elihu’s will has left her no bequest except the slur of branding her a "wicked wife.” True, her private journals are filled with intimacies: her inner thoughts about life in Old Madras, where the East India Company’s intrigues are as complex as any in the Mughal Emperor’s court; and the espionage she has undertaken, despite the danger into which it has thrust both herself and her children. Perhaps it’s time for her to read them afresh, to go back before the days when Elihu first betrayed her, before she was betrayed by her enemies, and betrayed by the friends who should have stood at her side – before she determined to wreak her revenge on them all.

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