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Daisy Chain

Shortlisted for the Paul Torday Memorial Prize 2024, Winner of the Page Turner Awards 2022 and Winner of the Historical Fiction Company Silver Medal 2022

"Justine Gilbert is a master storyteller. Highly recommended." 

Historical Fiction Company 5-Star Award

"Daisy Chain was well researched and informative and I could hear the voice of Daisy as I was reading it." 

Eimear Lawlor, author of Dublin’s Girl

"Justine Gilbert shines new light on the tender side of one of America’s legendary figures, President Franklin Roosevelt with a passionate and illuminating retelling of a seismic era from the perspective of ‘the other woman.’" 

Louise Dean, award-winning author and founder of The Novelry

A fascinating story! Well written and couldn't put it down. I could hear Daisy as she told her story.

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Daisy Chain


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294 Pages





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It's the Great Depression. The world is tilting towards war. In the White House, nothing is as it seems. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the married president of the United States, has started a long and passionate affair with his cousin Daisy, and moves her into the West Wing. 

Daisy is one of FDR's band of unconventional women: Eleanor Roosevelt, the fiery labour organiser, Frances Perkins, the first female Secretary of Labour, and his secretary Missy LeHand, a political operative in her own right. Middle-aged spinster Daisy becomes FDR's secret wife. That's not her only secret. 

This fictional biography written by a family member who knew Daisy is the untold true story of a hidden love and hidden contributions, and of a presidency that benefitted from both.

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