About Susan Harvard

Susan is currently writing a book telling the remarkable true story of Theodore Forbes and Eliza Kewark—ancestors of Diana, Princess of Wales—as their marriage is threatened by prejudice and social change in 19th Century British India. The product of many years’ research from family papers and other original sources, the book puts an end to the public speculation that started shortly after Diana’s engagement. It also opens a window onto some of the most colourful parts of the British Empire, including Theodore’s dealings with spies, pirates and the earliest European travellers into Africa.

A semi-retired antiques-dealer now living in rural Somerset, Susan has a flock of rare-breed Castlemilk Moorit sheep. Originally acquired as part of a plan to manage her smallholding for the benefit of wildlife, they now provide a patient audience for her latest drafts. She also has a Bengal cat, two grown-up children and a long-suffering man.