Beautiful For Ever

THE THRILLING & SCANDALOUS TALE OF MADAME RACHEL, COSMETICIAN OF LONDON’S BOND STREET

“[Beautiful For Ever] is, blissfully, proof that there is still simply nothing quite like a good Victorian scandal. Rappaport excels again in this thoroughly researched account of Madame Rachel…this is a well-paced read that tells us something about the modern obsession with appearance while remaining deliciously Victorian at its core”

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Beautiful For Ever

Madame Rachel had everything: a Mayfair address, the title of ‘purveyor to Her Majesty the Queen’, a shop full of exotic, expensive creams and potions. Her clientele were aristocratic, rich – and gullible.

This is the true story of Madame Rachel who began life as a poor fish fryer in a disease-ridden, grubby corner of Victorian London. She ended up with a shop in New Bond Street, where her wealthy clients came in their droves, lured by the promise of eternal beauty. What they found there was a con-woman and fraudster who made a career out of lies, treachery and the desperate hopes of women wanting to be ‘beautiful for ever’.

Beautiful For Ever is a thrilling tale of love affairs, scandal, blackmail, high-profile court cases, suicide and fraud, with the extraordinary Madame Rachel right at the centre of it all.

Helen introduces Madame Rachel, notorious Victorian Con-woman

Helen’s talk about Madame Rachel for the National Archives

Reviews

“Madame Rachel’s story, which has been superbly researched by Rappaport, is intriguing in itself [and] sheds a fascinating light on the ladies of Victorian society”

daily telegraph

 

“Beautiful For Ever is one of those un-put-downable surprises that makes reading worthwhile… This book has the same mix of forensic investigation and light touch that makes Kate Summerscale’s books so interesting.”

big issue

 

“A remarkable story… Rappaport handles her scandalous Victorian melodrama with energy and aplomb, and produces a richly entertaining portrait of the seamy side of 19th century society”

Daily Mail

 

“Speaks volumes about vanity and Victorian attitudes to women”

sophie morris – independent

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