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Dr Suzanne Fagence Cooper is the author of The Victorian Woman and Pre-Raphaelite Art in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Her knowledge of Victorian art has led to her appearing on a number of television programmes on BBC2 and Channel 4. She lives in Yorkshire with her husband and two daughters.


The Passionate Lives of Effie Gray, Ruskin and Millais

Suzanne Fagence Cooper

Meticulously researched and yet touchingly personal... We known so much about Ruskin and Millais - so little about the most influential woman in their lives. Effie’s story is emblematic of the struggle of Victorian women’ Emma Thompson

Effie Gray’s story is extraordinary and Cooper feasts upon it with appetite...I cannot recommend Fagence Cooper's biography of Effie Gray more highly to anyone with a heart, a liking for a good read and an interest in things Victorian’ Henrietta Garnett Literary Review

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The Scottish beauty Effie Gray is the heroine of a great Victorian love story. Married at 19 to John Ruskin, she found herself trapped in an unconsummated union. She would fall in love with her husband's protege, John Everett Millais, and inspire some of his most memorable art, but controversy and tragedy continued to stalk her.

Suzanne Fagence Cooper has gained exclusive access to Effie's family letters and diaries to show the rise and fall of the Pre-Raphaelite circle from a new perspective, through the eyes of a woman whose charm and ambition helped to shape the careers of both her husbands. Effie is a compelling portrait of the extraordinary woman behind some of the greatest paintings of the Victorian era.