Sometimes I felt I had to run to keep up with this book. Janet Ross’s life in Egypt and Tuscany during the Victorian era was so full and eccentric that getting everything into the story must have been a real challenge to the author. It seems Mrs Ross touched the entire literary and art community of the time as they passed through Italy – from Dickens, to the Brownings, to Twain and beyond. The names just keep dropping. Having previously read a fictionalized version of her mother Lucie’s life sailing the Nile River – Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger - rounded out this entertaining biography even more.