Author and Journalist


Lesley’s novels are available from Bantam Press.

If you’ve enjoyed The Last Concubine, you will love the film Ooku, set in the women’s quarters of Edo Palace. You can see a bit of it – and the costumes etc of women in the women’s palace – in the following clip. NB the makeup, as always in historical dramas, is modern and therefore wrong – no black teeth!

Sadayakko’s magnificently baroque house in Nagoya, Futaba Palace, is now open to the public and is a museum to her.

Here is a website that takes you to old Edo:

A Virtual Tour of old Edo

And two great websites that take you to the Inner Mountain Road (Nakasendo):

Nakasendo Highway – A Journey to the Heart of Japan

Hiroshige – Kisokaido Road

Lesley’s page at LoveReading

Lesley’s page at the Historical Writers’ Association – the HWA.


Arthur I. Miller – my husband – is a science writer extraordinaire and author of Einstein, Picasso, among much else.

Humphrey Hawksley is a leading BBC foreign correspondent, author and commentator on world affairs.

Adam Williams is the author of three acclaimed historical novels set in China.

Kirsten Ellis is the author of a wonderful new biography of Lady Hester Stanhope – and the mother of my godson.

Gaye Rowley (G.G.Rowley) is a friend and the translator of Autobiography of a Geisha among other wonderful works on Japan.

Alison Chan Downer is my sister and an artist and painted the Keith Haring Room at the Tate.

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