Author(s): Jane Wellesley
Jane Wellesley is a member of one of Britain's most illustrious families. Her father, the 8th Duke of Wellington, was born in 1915, 100 years after the first Duke's momentous victory over Napoleon at Waterloo, but only a littlemore than 60years after the death of his celebrated ancestor. When the "Iron Duke" died Queen Victoria wept with the nation, mourning the loss of "the greatest man England has known." Jane's family memoir animates the First Duke as husband and father, as brother and several degrees of grandfather. Her journey through this richly compelling family history begins and ends with the first Duke, visiting the battlefield of Waterloo with her father to set her fascinating tale in motion. Through her parents she reaches back to earlier generations, weaving together characters and places, establishing connections, and exploring in greater depth than usual the Wellington women. She unearths memories, visits places from her parents' past, and discovers much about the lives of her grandparents and the generations before them. In this highly personal account, the public man gives way to the private, and Wellington's legacy is seen through the eyes of those who have followed in his footsteps."
Jane Wellesley spent four years in the art world before starting her career in TV in 1975. She worked for the BBC and Granada before becoming an independent producer. This is her first book. She lives in London.