By Harriet Steel
Published: February 21, 2013.
Becoming Lola is an historical novel bringing to vibrant life the true story of Eliza Gilbert who, from humble beginnings, re-invented herself as the Victorian era's most notorious adventuress, Lola Montez. Dancer, courtesan, bigamist and mistress to a king , she blazed like a female firecracker across the stages and courts of Europe and beyond. For decades,only Queen Victoria eclipsed her fame.