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Rebecca F. John

An inspirational fictional telling of Welsh Victorian Strongwoman
Kate Williams

Vulcana is a fictional telling of the real story of Victorian ‘ Kate Williams (born 1874 starting when she runs away from home at 16 to travel with the love her life, William Roberts. They perform in music halls as Atlas
and Vulcana the climax of their act is that Kate can lift William over her head. She and William present themselves to the public as brother and sister as they travel the world because William is already married, and William’s wife brings up Kate’s children with her own.

Kate is driven by love for William, for her children, for performing, and for life, and Rebecca’s gorgeous, immersive writing fits perfectly this brave, unconventional woman and her amazing story.

Publication Date


4 May 2023


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