Lesley Downer is an author, novelist and journalist with a lifetime interest in Japan. Apart from much journalism she has written travel and cookery books and biographical work on Geishas. She is an experienced lecturer and some of her work has been translated into TV programmes.
Recently she has turned to fiction. The Shogun’s Queen completes a quartet of novels set in the 19th century, the most fascinating and dramatic period in Japanese history when the Shoguns were replaced by a west-facing society and the 3000 women who had lived in the Women’s Palace were turned out onto the streets.