By Kate Williams, read by Polly Walker and abridged by Emma Harding.
A new biography of Emma, Lady Hamilton, charting her incredible rise from prostitute to consort of the most famous man in Britain.Born in a bleak coal mining village on the Wirral, Emma's teenage years see her climb the social ladder to mistress of the aristocracy.
When she is discarded as the mistress of the profligate Sir Harry Featherstonhaugh, pregnant Emma falls upon the charity of another young aristocrat.
Through him she meets the recently widowed Sir William Hamilton.
Now married to Sir William Hamilton, Emma is living the high life at the Neopolitan court.
When Horatio Nelson pays a visit, Emma sets out to captivate the rising naval star.
Nelson and the Hamiltons return to England, where Emma gives birth to their daughter Horatia.
Desperate to spend all his time on shore with Emma, Nelson searches for the perfect country house.
Nelson and Emma are briefly reunited, but within a fortnight, Nelson has to leave to face the French fleet off the Cape of Trafalgar.