Authors on Stage with Jehanne Wake

Category: Authors
Location: Adrian Lamb Room

New Canaan Library presents Jehanne Wake, author of "Sisters of Fortune: America's Caton Sisters at Home and Abroad."

As fascinating and compelling as a historical novel, Sisters of Fortune is  Jehanne Wake’s true account of the four charismatic Caton sisters and their adventures abroad in the early nineteenth century.  Marianne, Bess, Louisa, and Emily Caton were charismatic American sisters who captivated the highest levels of English Regency society. They descended from prominent first settlers of Maryland, brought up by their wealthy grandfather Charles Carroll of Carrollton, the only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence. In a glaring departure from the norm at the time, he ensured they were well educated, independent, fascinated by politics, clever with money, and very romantic. The Caton sisters arrived in the wake of intense prejudice against Americans and Catholics, yet took the court of the Duke of Wellington by storm and went on to forge their own successful destinies, here and abroad.

Jehanne Wake is an English author living in London. She has always loved history and biography, and had an international upbringing as her father was a diplomat and oil executive. After finishing her education at Oxford University she became one of the first generation of female graduate investment bankers in the City of London. After living for a while in American Ms. Wake returned to London to pursue historical research. She was then commissioned to write her first book, Princess Louise, Queen Victoria’s Unconventional Daughter. She followed with the Kleinwort Benson, The History of Two Families in Banking and was commissioned to write other books and corporate histories. Ms. Wake has also contributed to BBC television and radio programs.