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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hopcyn Press (1 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957297769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957297760
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 464,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Bevis Hillier is a most witty and eloquent writer. This book is about sex and high society in an art deco setting. It is, by turns, harrowing, hilarious. moving and altogether enthralling." - Sir Michael Holroyd "Bevis Hillier has done a brilliant job, and this book is both entertaining and definitive." - Jane Ridley, The Spectator "Bevis Hillier has manfully managed to overcome his own distress, and has made every effort to include all the juicy details that so upset the King. He also has a wonderful nose for the richly humorous aspects of the case, describing it, quite rightly, as 'a story of incredible accidents, ludicrous misunderstandings, amazing characters and wonderful repartee in the courts'." - Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday

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BEVIS HILLIER was educated at Reigate Grammar school followed by Oxford University, where he was Gladstone Prizeman at Magdalen College. He later joined The Times, became editor of The Connoisseur, editor of The Times Saturday Review, and a columnist on the Los Angeles Times. He is an authority on eighteenth-century English ceramics and the Art Deco and has written more than 30 books, including the very highly acclaimed official biography of the Poet Laureate, John Betjeman, published in 2004 in three volumes by John Murray. For some years he was the lead book reviewer of The Spectator, and is still a regular contributor.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By My Experience on 12 Oct. 2013
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As one would expect from Bevis Hillier (author of the three-decker Betjeman bio), no stone (or even sponge) has been left unturned in this once-scandalous, but still engrossing and extraordinary tale, which rests on whether the mother of a lord (not THE Lord) was a virgin or not, and whether a stray sponge with stray emission, so as to speak, played a part in all this. Inheritance, reputation and red faces all depend on the answer. You may not find a definitive one, although there was a legal decision. Read on.......
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ArtW on 24 Sept. 2013
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This is a gripping tale told by a consummate author who brings the drama and glamour of the 1920s to life, whilst taking the reader through the subsequent story of the Russell baby who became Lord Ampthill after a legal battle....absolutely unputdownable!
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By Isleworth Reviewer on 15 Nov. 2013
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How would you feel if your wife told you that she was still a virgin and pregnant?

Lord Ampthill was extremely unimpressed - thus began a scintillating, salacious and sexy divorce court case that was to enthrall the British nation and the whole world in the early 1920s, and continue to resonate up until 1976 when the House of Lords decided on the inherited title of the virgin's son.

This brilliantly researched and beautifully written book shows again that truth is indeed stranger than fiction.

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By R. M. D. Bennett on 24 Jun. 2014
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A totally fascinating tale well-told. What a pity DNA has not been able to resolve the question once and for all.
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