I cannot remember why I bought this book, persumably to complete my horse-racing-libary, but this is surely a book you can be without. In fact you should be! It hardly mentiones the "Horses" from the title-line, but all the husbands for sure. I do like gossip and I do like family-insight, but not about a very controversial person, who clearly thought that monetary wealth made her better than us normal mortals, and whose political incorrectness (to put it mildly) was neither charming nor "funny". Vickers certainly trys to portrait his subject with a lot of sympathy, but nothing Mrs Plesch did does draw any sympathy towards her. As the book does recollect some intersting historical developments and into the genealogy of some very infuential families, it does get a second star.