Elizabeth Ilive, Egremont's Countess
by Sheila Haines, Leigh Lawson and Alison McCann
Bakehouse Press, 2017
134 pages, 35 full color illustrations, 3 black and white illustrations
"The book is beautifully presented and contains a large number of illustrations, many of which reproduce original documents and artefacts from many sources as well as those from Petworth House and West Sussex Record Office."
"Egremont’s Countess can control the flames of Hell that round me roll" - William Blake
"The late Sheila Haines put an immense amount of work into researching the life of Elizabeth Ilive in collaboration with Leigh Lawson. For the present project Leigh enlisted the help of Alison McCann with her unique knowledge of the Petworth House archives and Jonathan Newdick whose distinctive presentation skills are very much part of an impressive biography."
Peter Jerrome, The Petworth Society Magazine No 171 March 2018
Elizabeth Ilive - A Woman Ahead of Her Time
5 May - 31 December 2018
"The book is a 'good read' at many levels. Elizabeth's story is fascinating in its own right and it is not necessary to have any interest in either Petworth or the Egremonts to appreciate the research and scholarship which has gone into this work."
"What an achievement – congratulations! It has all come together, in the best possible way, and the truth of Elizabeth’s incredible journey has all come together at last."
"Well done, you all have put so much in to it, there seems to be hours and hours of research. Not only is it about Elizabeth, but it is a good insight into that period of history. The layout and illustrations are just right, and well presented, as well as being easy to read."
"I bought your book and couldn’t put it down until I’d finished reading it. What a wonderful piece of scholarship. I hope that Elizabeth’s achievements will now receive the recognition they deserve. "
"Really impressed with the quality of the research in Egremont’s Countess. It must have been quite hard to balance ‘facts’ (such as they are) with accessibility and entertainment, but you seem to have achieved that. I was thinking the story might make a good TV drama!
Incidentally, I was interested that Elizabeth had a short stay in Norwich, did some shopping and complained about the cobbled streets. The streets around the Elm Hill area are, of course, still cobbled – no problem if you wear flat shoes, as I always do. "