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down that door quite yet; she would be the generation of which the next generation of women would build upon. So I have her reading her husband’s medical books and becoming his assistant. It’s unfair that he gets to be a doctor and she is just the assistant, but the mere act of acquiring the education for herself is an empowering and feminist thing. I like to think that for every woman who has been the one to break down a wall, there were hundreds of women beforehand, quietly taking the bricks out for her.”


WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED The medicine theme is interesting, as Quinn herself nearly became a doctor. She grew up in Connecticut, went to Harvard then to Yale Medical School (“bafflingly” she says, as she did an art-history degree at Harvard) and wrote her first two romance novels aſter her undergraduate, when she was agonising over what to do with her life. She sold those just as she was starting medical school, and soon decided to ditch the scalpel for the pen. Though has been busy in the past year with “Bridgerton” publicit, she has taken a step back from her day job, partly because her husband is an infectious disease special- ist who has been working day and night during the pandemic and “I think I just needed to take a step back and support my family”. But Quinn and illustrator Violet Charles are coming out with a graphic novel, Miss Butterworth and the Mad Baron (due in September), a sort of in-joke for Quinn fans as it is an over-the-top Gothic novel that vari- ous characters read in several of her books. Additional casting for the second “Bridgerton” series, based on Quinn’s The Viscount Who Loved Me, has just been announced, with the main love story revolv- ing around the eldest Bridgerton brother, Anthony, and the headstrong and new-to-the- Ton Kate Sharma.


New fans wanting to explore more have much to choose from, as Quinn has published 40 novels, novellas and collections from the Bridgerton universe. The stories spill out from the Regency era, but not by much, spanning from the 1780s to just before the Victorian era. What is it about that period that intrigues her? Quinn says: “The simple answer is that when I started writing, it is what I liked to read; I’ve always thought the Regency was the pinnacle for romance. And I did a gap year in England, and one of my fondest memories was spending Christmas with this family who lived in Hampshire—I remember siting around on Christmas Day and all of us were reading Georgete Heyer. Plus, I’ve never gone into the Victorian era as the dresses were just god-awful.”


Miss Butterworth and the Mad Baron (9780349430454) will be published by Piatkus in September


BRIDGERTON THE TON AROUND THE WORLD


Bridgerton has taken off in the UK in the wake of its record-breaking adaptation, and the books have a new look to tie-in with the show. But how have other countries, and their book jacket designers, responded to the series? Let’s take a tour of the Ton, all around the world...


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