Radclyffe Hall was always a controversial figure. Born in 1880, she was an unwanted child who at age fifteen, upon her fathers death, inherited more than three hundred thousand dollars. She immediately liberated herself from her family and began to affect the manners and demeanor of a young man. She was a political reactionary, a Catholic convert, a member of the Society for Physical Research, and an aggressive and successful conqueror of a series of women as her lovers. This biography by Diana Souhami, will stand for decades to come as the definitive look at one of the twentieth century's most intriguing characters.