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on 28 May 2000
"Bronwen Astor, Her Life and Times" by Peter Stanford
Peter Stanford's carefully crafted book gives us an insight into the life of Bronwen Astor, spanning almost seven decades. The name of Astor conjures up so many images including that of Nancy Astor, Bronwen's mother-in-law, who was the first woman to sit in Parliament, but the name is also associated in the mind of the nation with the Profumo Affair which after the court case in the early sixties was responsible for bringing down the Macmillan government of the day.
This book successfully focuses on the facts of the events which occurred at Cliveden in the sixties and manages to separate these facts from the fiction which has been portrayed in the various reports and dramatic presentations since the case. History has not been kind to Bill Astor, Bronwen's husband; this biography puts the record straight more than thirty years after his death.
However, there is another aspect to the book which is of equal importance. This is the story of one woman's faith-journey. We learn of her early spiritual experiences as a child and later during the years when she trained as a drama teacher, through the time when she modelled in the fashion world and became a T.V. announcer, thus becoming one of the faces of the era. She did not ignore what she recognised as a call from God. She discovered the true meaning of real unconditional love, something she bestowed on her husband, thus teaching him about it for the first time in his life.
When left a widow with two young daughters, she faced the challenge of being forced to leave Cliveden, always putting her trust in God. Peter Stanford's real understanding of Bronwen's character, enables him to convey accurately the details of her journey into faith and her eventual reception into the Roman Catholic Church. The photographs included in this volume, both of family and from the world of fashion, enrich this fascinating book. _ _ _ _ Reviewed by Eileen T. Godfrey.
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on 3 January 2011
This is a well researched and well written book about a woman whose beauty is not just skin deep. Bronwen Astor's intelligence, sensitivity to the spiritual dimension of life, and consequently her compassion and unconditional love for others are described with objectivity and insight in this reflective work. It also places her life in the context of the tragic events in which she and her husband Bill Astor were caught and wrongly judged in the now-too-familiar phenomenon of "Trial By Media." If nothing else, this should be a powerful plea for journalists to research their subjects and behave responsibly with a realisation of the potential harm that they can cause, rather than acting like a gang of brainless hooligans in a playground. The hidden agendas which drove the hounding of the principle players in this narrative are interestingly revealed by the author in a manner that would have been even more illuminating and useful at the time of the Profumo Scandal. For instance: the Prime Minister Harold Macmillan's dislike of Lord Astor subsequent to his divorce of his second wife, Macmillan's close relative.

Bronwen Astor is a rare, beautiful and spiritual woman and this is reflected accurately in Peter Stanford's biography of her.
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on 10 April 2016
A beautifully written account of Browen
Lady Astor her life and times .very
Insightful providing a window into a particular period of post war history
Which was on the brink of change .
It also provided a unique insight into the world of haute couture and the art and role of the couture model girl who became icons of glamour and sophistication.
Browen Lady Astor and her family demonstrated great
Decorum ostrised after the Profumo scandal they focused on creating more value
Re humanitarian work and developing their own spiritual paths informing their lives and work.
This book is fascinating . Very well written
And insightful about s fascinating life
With deep spiritual insights and actions.
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on 26 October 2014
A very fanciful biography - concentrates on Bronwen's spiritual nature and her 'calling' to become the wife of a rich peer. Bill Astor is portrayed as an unintelligent, naive but generous man who was scapegoated during the Profumo affair. I don't think this is an accurate picture of either character. Very unbelievable !!!
There are also so many 'typo's in the Kindle version it almost became funny: for example the Beatles became the Beadles!!
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on 7 June 2014
This book was very interesting and cleared up a lot of facts that I knew about the Profumo Affair but looked at them from a different angle. It was very discriptive of the times and about the society of the time and the upper crust society. I really enjoyed this book
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on 5 May 2016
Couldn't finish the book. So much about her husband Bill and Stephen Ward is nonsense. Good old trusty escape route to get religion and become a psychotherapist.
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