News and Events


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Forthcoming Events

Saturday 13 May 2017   2pm    Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre

A talk by Geraldine Roberts – The Angel and the Cad: Love, Loss and Scandal in Regency England

Find out more about a truly remarkable Wiltshire woman. Catherine Tylney Long was the richest heiress in Regency England. She was the nation’s foremost female celebrity and kept the nation enthralled with the remarkable twists and turns of her life. There will be a talk, followed by Q&A and book signing.


Previous Events

Sunday 17 April – 1-3pm – The Temple, Wanstead Park, E11 2LT

‘Meet the Author’ – Geraldine Roberts will be discussing her book The Angel and The Cad, which explores the life of Catherine Tylney Long heiress of Wanstead House. There will be a short talk at 1pm, followed by Q&A and book signing. Afterwards, Geraldine will be available for informal chat accompanied by tea and cake. She says, ‘It’s always interesting to discuss the story with the Wanstead community, I’m very much looking forward to the event’.

10 March 2016 – Kensal Green Cemetery

Geraldine gave an entertaining talk about the shocking exploits of ‘Wicked William, 4th Earl of Mornington’, one of the cemetery’s most notorious inhabitants.

20 November 2015 – Hampton Court Palace

As part of the annual Richmond Literature Festival, Geraldine joined fellow authors Catherine Hewitt and Joanne Limburg in a panel discussion entitled ‘Writing About Forgotten Women of History’. This event was held at The Gallery at the fabulous Hampton Court Palace.

19 November 2015 – Wanstead Historical Society

Geraldine spoke at Wanstrad Library about Catherine & William Long Wellesley, the birth of celebrity culture and the sensational events at Wanstead House. Over 100 people attended and, as always, it was a pleasure to discuss this story with the knowledgeable Wanstead community.

6 October 2015, 10.30am – Essex Record Office

Geraldine gave a presentation entitled ‘Catherine: The Heiress of Wanstead House’. The event was held in the Lecture Theatre with over 100 attendees

Wanstead Fringe Festival – 5-12th September 2015

A week of comedy, literary discussion, photography, music, walks and picnics taking place throughout Wanstead. Geraldine wrote the script for an entertaining play entitled ‘The Trial of William Long-Wellesley’ which was enacted on the Christchurch Green in Wanstead on September 6th

8 July 2015 – Hale End Library

Geraldine discussed the methods and research involved in writing The Angel and the Cad  at Hale End Library for the Highams Park Family History Group. This included some advice on how to get started for budding family historians. The V & A Bookshop in Higham Park kindly provided books for signing afterwards. There was a capacity audience and the whole event was extremely well coordinated by staff and volunteers from Waltham Forest Libraries. With thanks to Leigh Clothier for photographs and kind words via Twitter!

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7 July 2015 – Royal Pavilion in Brighton

Geraldine shared a platform with historian and author Stephen Bates, in the sumptuous Music Room at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton. This event, organised by City Books in Hove, was entitled ‘Wealth, Poverty and Scandal in Regency England’. A lively Q&A session, was followed by drinks reception and book signing. Picture courtesy of Sallyanne Sweeney.



3 July 2015 – Wanstead Library

Book Launch at Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road, Courtesy of Newham Bookshop. Geraldine Roberts presented a 20-minute talk on The Angel and the Cad followed by a Q&A and book-signing. There was a great attendance – some 150 in all, and Newham Books said it was one of their most successful events.

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26 June 2015

Geraldine featured on Radio London’s Nikki Bedi Show at 10pm (Interviewed at 10-30pm) discussing The Angel and the Cad

24 June 2015 – Book Launch – Daunt Bookshop in Marylebone

book launch

Book launch for The Angel and the Cad was held at Daunt Bookshop in Marylebone. The queue for book-signings was very long! It was a memorable evening, thanks so much to all who came along. Ace photographer Geoff Wilkinson has produced this blog report with some great pictures.

April 21st 2015

Geraldine spoke to students at Harrow College Creative Writing Workshop – and learned a lot about their approaches to writing


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  1. Hi Geraldine, I am the Lady captain at Wanstead Golf Club and our club house is actually in the Stables of the old Wanstead House. I understand things are pretty hectic for you at the moment, but I was wondering if you could come to our Golf Club and give a talk on your findings and hopefully sell a few books. I produce a newsletter for the Ladies section, in which I have been serealising (sic) a potted history of Catherine and the scoundrel William over the last few months and would very much like to publicise your new book….The Angel and the cad. I have tried to tweet you, but I am not very tweet savvy. Please could you email me on: as I would be fascinated to hear you talk and hopefully come along to our club as there are many members who are fascinated by Wanstead House and its history.. it would be so great if this could happen. With kind regards, Mary Mcportland (Wanstead Golf Club.

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