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The Final Curtsey

Author : Margaret Rhodes
ISBN : 0954127560
Genre : Ladies-in-waiting
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This is the account of a special life, with the author's family relationships to nobility and royalty, her long marriage, her children and grandchildren and a life lived to the full.
Category: Ladies-in-waiting


Author : Jane Dismore
ISBN : 9781493034635
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In November 2017 the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. As a 13-year-old Princess, she fell in love with Prince Philip of Greece, an ambitious naval cadet, and they married when she was 21; when she suddenly became Queen at 25, their lives changed forever. Philip has been her great support, but fortunately she also had a solid foundation that helped prepare her for a life dedicated to duty. With previously unpublished material and unique memories from friends and relatives who have known her since childhood, this book looks afresh and in richer depth at her life as Princess, glittering yet isolating. Vivid detail and anecdotes reveal more about her, the era in which she grew up and the people who shaped her life. The archives of royal confidante Lady Desborough and Private Secretary Sir Alec Hardinge reveal unseen letters from the Princess and the royal family, giving intimate insights into their lives and minds. Here is her sadness at the death of her nanny, Alah; her joy in her children; her melancholy as a young wife when Philip returns to his ship; the sensitivities of her father. Here too is the Princess with the aristocratic Bowes Lyons, her mother’s family, who featured significantly in her life, yet rarely appear in books. The author sheds new light on anomalies surrounding the birth of her mother who, it has been asserted, was the daughter of the family’s cook. The strain of wartime on the royal family is highlighted in new material contrasting the stance of the Princess’s uncles, the Duke of Windsor and David Bowes Lyon. In contrast with her upbringing, Philip’s early life was turbulent, although their lives shared some interesting parallels. Lady Butter, a relation of Philip and friend of the Princess, recalls time spent with each of them; and unpublished documents show how intelligence agencies considered the socialist influence of the Mountbattens on Philip and thus on the royal court. More importantly, Princess traces how an “ordinary country girl” suddenly found herself in the line of succession to the crown at age ten when her Uncle, the Duke of Windsor, abdicated the throne to his brother Albert (“Bertie” to family and friends), the once and future King George VI. Breaking new ground for a future English monarch, she became the first female member of the royal family to serve on active duty during World War II, and broke tradition by sending her children away to school rather having them privately tutored. Indeed, by the time of her coronation in 1953, she had already achieved a “broad and solid background from which she could draw during the rapidly changing times of her long reign. Out of a little princess they made a Queen.”
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Last Curtsey

Author : Fiona MacCarthy
ISBN : 9780571265817
Genre : History
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Once upon a time the well-bred daughters of Britain's aristocracy took part in a female rite of passage: curtseying to the Queen. But in 1958 this ritual was coming to an end. Under pressure to shine - not least from their mothers - the girls became the focus for newspaper diarists and society photographers in a party season that stretched for months among the great houses of England, Ireland and Scotland. Fiona MacCarthy traces the stories of the girls who curtseyed that year, and shows how their lives were to open out in often very unexpected ways - as Britain itself changed irreversibly during the 1960s, and the certainties of the old order came to an end.
Category: History

White Ice

Author : Celia Brayfield
ISBN : 9781447235507
Genre : Fiction
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Prima ballerina Lydia Kusminskaya, whose talents saved her from starvation in imperial St Petersburg, trusted her beauty to secure her place in the gilded cocoon of the court – unaware of the cataclysm about to destroy it, and her hopes. Eighty years later, in London, the legacy of Lydia’s beauty snares a woman and two men in the trap of their own obsessions: Alexander Wolfe, the desirable American who worships women and glamour; formidable businesswoman Bianca Berrisford, who believes beauty always has its price; and Lovat Whitburn, her bitter ex-husband, for whom beauty, once an ideal, is now a weapon. Now the three are chained to Lydia and each other in a lethal struggle for wealth, love and, above all, power. But the illusion of beauty which betrayed Lydia is lying in wait for them, too . . . ‘A breathtaking achievement’ Woman’s Own ‘Ms Brayfield knows what she is doing . . . her women sound and act like real women’ Anthony Burgess in the Independent ‘A wonderfully written novel about men, women and a burning obsession’ Me
Category: Fiction

Confessions Of A Struggling Actress

Author : Jo Bloggs
ISBN : 9781781780350
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Join Jo as she follows her dream and takes the first steps on the path that leads towards a (hopefully) glittering career as a professional actress. You'll share the highs and lows of her turbulent first years in the business as she comes to realise that her chosen career is (much) harder than she'd ever thought. Frank, funny and insightful, Jo gives you a rare glimpse into the reality of this 'glamorous' industry, as she makes it through drama school unscathed (just), attends auditions (a lot!) and even tries out for reality TV before finally getting a job and going on tour.

A Woman S Triumph

Author : lady Mary Anne Hardy
ISBN : OXFORD:600069489
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The Owl S Nest

Author : Eugenie Marlitt
ISBN : HARVARD:32044019984822
Genre : Dime novels
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Category: Dime novels


Author : Emilia Marryat Norris
ISBN : OXFORD:600069866
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The Scarlet Pimpernel

Author : Baroness Orczy
ISBN : 9781101126783
Genre : Fiction
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A timeless novel of adventure, intrigue, and romance is sparked by one man's defiance in the face of authority... The year is 1792. The French Revolution, driven to excess by its own triumph, has turned into a reign of terror. Daily, tumbrels bearing new victims to the guillotine roll over the cobbled streets of Paris.… Thus the stage is set for one of the most enthralling novels of historical adventure ever written. The mysterious figure known as the Scarlet Pimpernel, sworn to rescue helpless men, women, and children from their doom; his implacable foe, the French agent Chauvelin, relentlessly hunting him down; and lovely Marguerite Blakeney, a beautiful French exile married to an English lord and caught in a terrible conflict of loyalties—all play their parts in a suspenseful tale that ranges from the squalid slums of Paris to the aristocratic salons of London, from intrigue on a great English country estate to the final denouement on the cliffs of the French coast. There have been many imitations of The Scarlet Pimpernel, but none has ever equaled its superb sense of color and drama and its irresistible gift of wonderfully romantic escape. With an Introduction by Gary Hoppenstand
Category: Fiction

The Unkind Word

Author : Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
ISBN : CORNELL:31924064969961
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Mrs Geoffrey

Author : Duchess
ISBN : CORNELL:31924013486570
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London Society

Author :
ISBN : IOWA:31858045390121
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Representative Actors

Author : William Clark Russell
ISBN : MINN:31951002402483D
Genre : Actors
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Category: Actors

Miss Hurd

Author : Anna Katharine Green
ISBN : NYPL:33433112001221
Genre : Dime novels
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Category: Dime novels