Hester Grant gave up her legal career to pursue her great loves of writing and eighteenth-century British history.  Her fascination with the Sharps began when she saw their portrait at the 2012 Johan Zoffany exhibition at the Royal Academy.  This is the enthralling story of an eighteenth-century family and their extraordinary achievements which went on to alter the course of history and help shape the modern  world as we know it today.  Four brothers, three sisters. Brought up in a Northumberland rectory and in the close of Durham Cathedral, the Sharps would achieve exalted positions at the heart of British society. In 1781, the celebrated painter Johan Zoffany put the final brush strokes on the luminous portrait that immortalised the siblings’ rise, and their remarkable unity and passion for life.  In this vivid, moving biography, Hester Grant charts the siblings’ shared journey to prominence, and explores the values and enduring bonds that inspired their success.  The Good Sharps brings to life not just the family who realised that the future could be different, but the new world that they created. 

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