The Grit in the Pearl: The Scandalous Life of Margaret, Duchess of Argyll

The History Press #ad - But in 1963, the year of the profumo affair, the 11th Duke of Argyll shocked the country when he alleged that his adulterous wife had slept with over eighty men behind his back. The duke won a divorce, but this had a dramatic effect on Margaret's life. He produced, as his evidence, a set of sexually explicit Polaroid photographs and explosive love letters.

Lyndsy spence tells a tragic story of the life and downfall of this fascinatingly complex woman, and shows how she fell victim to a cruel husband, harsh social mores and an unforgiving class. It uses hitherto unpublished sources, an unexpurgated transcript of her divorce trial, including taped conversations, interviews and letters.

The Grit in the Pearl: The Scandalous Life of Margaret, Duchess of Argyll #ad - . Margaret, duchess of argyll 1912-1993 was an international celebrity in her youth, adored and observed by millions. The grit in the pearl is a meticulously researched and powerful biography, privacy, power, the media, which acts as a potent lens on various themes in the last century: fame, sex, and relationships between classes.

On the verge of financial destitution, she fell from grace and was abandoned by most of her friends prior to her death in a nursing home in Pimlico in 1993.


Women of Means: The Fascinating Biographies of Royals, Heiresses, Eccentrics and Other Poor Little Rich Girls

Mango #ad - Some of the women whose silver spoons rusted include:Almira Carnarvon, the real-life counterpart to Lady Cora of Downton AbbeyLiliane Bettencourt, whose chemist father created L’Oreal. 1 new release in royalty ─ glimpse behind the façade of Rich and Famous WomenIf you liked The Last Castle and Lean In, you’ll love Women of Means.

The grass isn't greener on the Other Side: Heiresses have always been viewed with eyes of envy. However, through intimate historical biographies,  Women of Means shows us that oftentimes the weaving sisters saved their most heart-wrenching tapestries for the destinies of wealthy women. Happily never after: from the author of behind every great man, vignettes of the women who were slated from birth—or marriage—to great privilege, we now have Women of Means, only to endure lives which were the stuff Russian tragic heroines are made of.

Women of Means: The Fascinating Biographies of Royals, Heiresses, Eccentrics and Other Poor Little Rich Girls #ad - To terrorist. They were the ones for whom the cornucopia had been upended, showering them with unimaginable wealth and opportunity. They are the nonfictional Richard Corys—those not slated for happily ever after. Women of means is bound to be a non-fiction best seller, full of the best biographies of all time.

And was a nazi collaboratorpeggy guggenheim, who traded her gilded life to become the Baroness of BebopJocelyn Wildenstein, who had an insatiable appetite for modern art and menNica Rothschild, the dethroned queen of ManhattanPatty Hearst, who became a cosmetology-enhanced cat-womanRuth Madoff, who trod the path from heiress.


Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown

Hachette Books #ad - International bestseller****the times uk memoir of the year****one of newsweek's Most Anticipated Books of 2020**An extraordinary memoir of drama, tragedy, and royal secrets by Anne Glenconner--a close member of the royal circle and lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret. A unique witness to landmark moments in royal history, maid of Honor at Queen Elizabeth's coronation, and a lady in waiting to Princess Margaret until her death in 2002, Anne's life has encompassed extraordinary drama and tragedy.

. Through it all, raquel welch, david bowie, including visiting the white house, aristocrats, Anne has carried on, traveling the world with the royal family, and developing the Caribbean island of Mustique as a safe harbor for the rich and famous-hosting Mick Jagger, and many other politicians, and celebrities.

Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown #ad - As seen on Netflix's The Crown. Anne glenconner has been at the center of the royal circle from childhood, when she met and befriended the future Queen Elizabeth II and her sister, the Princess Margaret. In lady in waiting, she will share many intimate royal stories from her time as princess margaret's closest confidante as well as her own battle for survival: her broken-off first engagement on the basis of her "mad blood"; her 54-year marriage to the volatile, unfaithful Colin Tennant, Lord Glenconner, who left his fortune to a former servant; the death in adulthood of two of her sons; a third son she nursed back from a six-month coma following a horrific motorcycle accident.

Though the firstborn child of the 5th earl of Leicester, who controlled one of the largest estates in England, as a daughter she was deemed "the greatest disappointment" and unable to inherit. Since then she has needed all her resilience to survive the vipers of court life with her sense of humor intact.

With unprecedented insight into the royal family, candid, Lady in Waiting is a witty, dramatic, at times heart-breaking personal story capturing life in a golden cage for a woman with no inheritance.


Splendour & Squalor: The Disgrace and Disintegration of Three Aristocratic Dynasties

Atlantic Books #ad - Splendour & squalor offers a riveting insight into the disintegration of a once seemingly impregnable elite. From stately homes and prisons to the house of lords and edwardian asylums—the stories, spanning the 20th century,  of the disintegrating fortunes of three of Britain’s most illustrious aristocratic dynasties and the scapegraces responsibleSplendour & Squalor traces the disintegration of three aristocratic dynasties through the twentieth century: families who seemingly had everything yet decided to take 'the down-escalator of life.

They include the montagus, bisexual duke of kent, kimbolton castle; shortly before the outbreak of world war ii, and stocking it with glasses decorated with 'pornography of the most interesting kind, the  Montagus oversaw further renovation—converting the Kimbolton chapel into a bar, Churchill's birthplace—to remodel their principal family seat, ' for the benefit of guests like the restless, who had once employed Vanburgh—creator of Blenheim Palace, Dukes of Manchester, younger brother of George VI.

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Four consecutive generations of the family went to jail. The resultant portrait is the authentic Downton Abbey—stripped of gloss, mythology and sentiment, and brought mercilessly up-to-date.


Mrs Guinness: The Rise and Fall of Diana Mitford, the Thirties Socialite

The History Press #ad - She was a muse to many: helleu painted her, James Lees-Milne worshipped her, Evelyn Waugh dedicated a book to her and Winston Churchill nicknamed her 'Dina-mite'. As the young wife of bryan guinness, heir to the Guinness brewing empire, she lived a gilded life until fascist leader Sir Oswald Mosley turned her head.

Unpublished letters, diaries and archives bring an unknown Diana to life, creating a portrait of a beautiful woman whose charm and personality enthralled all who met her, but the discourse of her life would ultimately act as a cautionary tale. This groundbreaking biography reveals the woman behind the myth.

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Before Wallis: Edward VIII's Other Women

The History Press #ad - Each one of the three women in this book could have changed the course of history. In examining their lives and impact on the heir to the throne, we question whether he ever really wanted to be king. There was rosemary leveson gower, freda dudley ward, the girl he wanted to marry and who would have made the perfect match for a future king; the Prince’s long-term mistress, who exerted a pull almost equal to Wallis over her lover, but abided by the rules of the game and knew she would never marry him.

Before Wallis: Edward VIII's Other Women #ad - Wallis simpson was the woman who stole the king’s heart and rocked the monarchy - but she was not Edward VIII’s first or only love. This book is about the women he adored before Wallis dominated his life. Then there was thelma furness, who enjoyed a domestic life with him, his twice-married American lover, but realised it could not last forever and demanded nothing more than to be his mistress.

In each love affair, Edward behaved like a cross between a little boy lost and a spoilt child.


Mistress of Mayfair: Men, Money and the Marriage of Doris Delevingne

The History Press #ad - Marrying each other in pursuit of the finer things in life, and winston churchill, including Cecil Beaton, and most talked about, their unlikely union was tempestuous from the off, amongst others on both sides, Diana Mitford, and degenerated into one of London's bitterest, rocked by affairs with a whole host of society figures, divorce battles.

Mistress of Mayfair: Men, Money and the Marriage of Doris Delevingne #ad - In this compelling new book, lyndsy spence follows the rise and fall of their relationship, exploring their decadent society lives in revelatory detail and offering new insight into some of the mid 20th century's most prominent figures. The plot could have been inspired by evelyn waugh's vile bodies, greed, willful socialite doris delevingne and her doomed relationship with the gossip columnist Valentine Browne, focusing on the wily, but unlike Waugh's novel—which parodies the era of the "Bright Young Things"—this is a real-life story of scandal, corruption, and promiscuity at the heart of 1920s and '30s high society, Viscount Castlerosse.


... And What Do You Do?: What The Royal Family Don't Want You To Know

Biteback Publishing #ad - Its members have become celebrities, like upmarket versions of film stars and footballers. And what do you do? is a hard-hitting analysis of the royal family, exposing its extravagant use of public money and the highly dubious behaviour of some among its ranks, whilst being critical of the knee-jerk sycophancy shown by the press and politicians.

Instead, we are fed a constant diet of sickeningly obsequious coverage which reports their activities with breathless and uncritical awe. In this book, former government minister Norman Baker argues that the British public deserves better than this puerile diet. Baker also considers the wider role the royals play in society, and the constitutional position of the monarch, including the link with House of Lords reform, which is important given Prince Charles’s present and intended approach.

What makes this book so unusual is that Baker is himself a member of the Privy Council, the body that officially advises the monarch. But they have also become a byword for arrogance, entitlement, hypocrisy and indifference to the gigantic amount of public money wasted by them. The monarchy itself is an important part of our constitution with considerable influence on the kind of nation we are.

... And What Do You Do?: What The Royal Family Don't Want You To Know #ad - By turns irreverent and uncompromising, … And What Do You Do? asks important questions about the future of the world’s most famous royal family. Yet you will struggle to find much in the way of proper journalism that examines the monarchy in the way that their position and influence merit. The royal family is the original Coronation Street – a long-running soap opera with the occasional real coronation thrown in.


Searching for Beauty: The Life of Millicent Rogers, the American Heiress Who Taught the World About Style

St. Martin's Press #ad - Her romantic conquests, though, paled in comparison to her triumph in the fashion world where she electrified the fashionistas by becoming the muse to designer Charles James, appearing in Vogue and Harper's Bazaar and - at the end of her life - retreating to Taos, New Mexico where she popularized Southwestern style.

. A rebellious icon of the age, among others, she eloped with a penniless baron, remarried and romanced, danced tangos in European nightclubs, divorced, Clark Gable. Born into luxury, she lived in a whirl of beautiful homes, European vacations, exquisite clothing and handsome men. A fascinating portrait of the standard Oil heirerss and legendary American trendsetter Millicent RogersNobody knew how to live the high life like Millicent Rogers.

Searching for Beauty: The Life of Millicent Rogers, the American Heiress Who Taught the World About Style #ad - With searching for beauty, millicent rogers enters the pantheon of great American women who, like Diana Vreeland and Babe Paley, put their distinctive stamp on American Style. In searching for beauty, cherie burns chronicles Rogers's glittering life from her days as a young girl afflicted with rheumatic fever to her debutante debut and her Taos finale.


The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe

Harper #ad - Angela is a talented and inspiring woman, who has captured the highlights of her long career with The Queen for us all to share. Samantha cohen, assistant private Secretary to The Queen 2011–2018. As the first person in history to hold this title, she shares a uniquely close working relationship with The Queen.

In the other side of the coin, The Queen has personally given Angela her blessing to share their extraordinary bond with the world. Angela has worked with the queen and walked the corridors of the Royal Household for twenty-five years, initially as Her Majesty’s Senior Dresser and then latterly as Her Majesty’s Personal Advisor, Curator, Wardrobe and In-house Designer.

The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe #ad - A truly unique keepsake and collectors’ item to be treasured. For the nearly seven decades of her reign, Her Majesty The Queen has used clothing to create a powerful visual identity that transcends fashion and has made her perhaps the most readily identifiable person on the planet. Angela kelly, and ian thomas, sir hardy amies, building on the work of the great designers and milliners who have worked with Her Majesty through the years – including couturiers Sir Norman Hartnell, and milliners such as Simone Mirman and Freddy Fox – brings her own imagination to bear on an iconic ‘uniform’ that suggests continuity and tradition, and ensures that the wearer is always the most visible person in a room or a crowd.

Anna wintour, voguewhen angela Kelly and The Queen are together, laughter echoes through the corridors of Buckingham Palace. Sharing never-before-seen photographs – many from angela’s own private collection – and charming anecdotes of their time spent together, this revealing book provides memorable insights into what it’s like to work closely with The Queen, to curate her wardrobe and to discover a true and lasting connection along the way.

The book documents the unique working relationship between Her Majesty The Queen and the woman who has been her Personal Assistant and Senior Dresser for more than two decades: Angela Kelly.