The Bath Festival: Your Next Read… Introducing Lucy Jago

20 May 2021
20 May 2021

A Net for Small Fishes is historical fiction at its most lavish, based on a real-life scandal involving Frances Howard, wife of the powerful Earl of Essex and Anne Turner, her dresser, which rocked the Jacobean court. It’s a novel about power, sexuality and female friendship, about #MeToo four centuries ago.

Former TV producer and award-winning biographer Lucy Jago talks to Caroline Sanderson about the gender politics of the 1600s, the fashion for cross-dressing, wearing one’s wealth, divorce among the aristocracy, the devilment of women, necromancers, perfumes and poisons.

A Net for Small Fishes was picked as a debut to look out for in 2021 by the BBC, The Telegraph, Grazia, Sunday and Irish Independent.