The Dressmaker of Draper's Lane

Liz Trenow

21 February 2019
384 pages


The richest silk hides the deepest secrets . . .

The Dressmaker of Draper’s Lane
by Liz Trenow is an immersive historical novel set during the opulence and extravagance of the London silk trade in the mid-eighteenth century.

1768, London.

As a foundling who rose from poverty and now runs her own successful dressmaking business in the heart of society London, Miss Charlotte is a remarkable woman, admired by many. She has no need, nor desire, to marry. The people she values most are her friend Anna, her recently-found sister Louisa and nephew Peter.

She feels herself fortunate, and should be content with what she has. But something is missing.

A small piece of rare silk discovered in a bundle of scraps at auction triggers a curious sense of familiarity, and prompts her to unpick a past filled with extraordinary secrets and revelations . . .

Miss Charlotte is a bold, inspiring character and her quest to find the truth about her mother is cleverly plotted. Liz Trenow draws us in so that we inhabit her world, and it was a wrench to put the book down after the last beautifully written page
Inspired by her own silk-weaver family, Trenow delivers an exquisite historical novel that’s packed with detail
Trenow’s exquisite novel puts a real focus on the characters’ journeys