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The Bugatti Queen. In Search of a Motor-racing Legend [Paperback]

Miranda Seymour
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Book Description

7 Feb 2005
THE BUGATTI QUEEN is the beautifully illustrated story of an indomitable and fascinating woman, a pioneer of motorsport who revelled in danger. Born in 1900 in a tiny French village, Helene Delangle, aka Helle Nice, became a dancer and a stripper before catching the eye of Ettore Bugatti. Seduced by the combination of machines and speed, Helle Nice went on to have an unprecedented career, competing in numerous Grands Prix and becoming the only woman to drive on the treacherous American speedbowls in the 1930s. She set new land-speed records before a notorious accident which almost ended her racing days. Re-creating her rollercoaster career with authority and panache from many previously unpublished sources, Miranda Seymour reveals the story of an unforgettable life and sheds new light on the extraordinary and reckless world of motor-racing between the wars.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; New edition edition (7 Feb 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743478592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743478595
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Miranda Seymour, author of the award-winning In My Father's House has written many acclaimed novels and biographies, including lives of Mary Shelley, Robert Graves, Ottoline Morrell and Helle Nice, the Bugatti Queen.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Bugatti Queen 17 Dec 2004
The Bugatti Queen is a beautifully written account of a fascinating
twentieth-century woman. I found this book a thoroughly enjoyable and
compelling read, so difficult to put down once you have begun. As a keen
biography reader as well as a Bugatti enthusiast I thought Miranda Seymour's
account of Hellé Nice's life was compassionate yet informative.
This amazing woman who gained fame as an exotic model and dancer was to move
into the very male dominated world of motor sport in the 1920's. Although
her successful careers had bought her great wealth she had acquired a love
for extravagance. After a serious accident in 1936 her career came to an
end. The tragic side of the story is that in 1984 she died penniless and
I have no reservations in recommending this book to anyone, whether
interested in cars or not. This is probably one of the most enjoyed book on
our shelves of motor sport related books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 9 Sep 2013
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Incredible book, should be a great film. One of the few books I have finished quickly and restarted immediately to see what I missed first time round.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully researched, wonderfully written 1 July 2013
I picked up this book more or less by accident - I had certainly never heard of Helle Nice, which is astonishing, given how popular she was and all that she achieved. This book is an engaging look at one of the early superstars of motorsport, thoroughly researched and with some lovely photos of both Helene and the cars she raced. Recommended for both motorsport afficionados and those interested in women's history.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How biographies should be 21 April 2005
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I have never really got along with biographies - I always feel very detached from them. I think this is partly down my own lack of empathy, but also there is a tendency to place facts ahead of settings, leaving it difficult for the reader to get emersed.
The Bugatti Queen is a wonderful exception to this - an extraordinary life, beautifully told. There is a fair degree of detective work, and some guesswork, in this book and Seymour manages to fill in the gaps intelligently, without ever lapsing into dramatic gushing prose.
Helle Nice's life should not be forgotten, and with this book, Miranda Seymour has ensured it never will.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable woman 14 Jan 2014
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An excellent account of a truly amazing woman. Seymour has done a terrific job in writing a wonderful account of Helene Nice's life - and what a life. I felt compelled to share this biography with others and have since bought copies for friends & relations.
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