The author, Josette Browning , March 28, 1999 On my novel, Fairest of Them All: Let us begin with two fine Victorian tales--Shaw's Pygmalion (My Fair Lady), in which Henry Higgins must transform a flower girl into a lady, and Kipling's Jungle Book, stories of a boy raised by wolves. Let us suppose our wild child is a girl abandoned in the African interior, and let us give our learned Englishman the challenge: twenty thousand pounds says he cannot turn our little savage into a lady within three years. This brings you to page one of Fairest of Them All. You must trust me, Henry Higgins had it easy. But the question of winning (or losing!) the wager is less than half the story. When untamed passion clashes against Victorian propriety, love grows where it must not. This is a tale of love divided by class in a world where class matters. One's duty is sacred, and happily ever after must be won by more than a kiss.