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Only for her fans
on 8 July 2011
Well-researched, this biography starts at the beginning and continues at the same pace to the end - but I doubt it will awaken any new interest in Constance Spry. Despite the title, she was a very private person and there simply isn't the material for any surprising revelations.
It's at its strongest covering her early years, her relationship with her auto-didact father, her social-climbing mother and Constance's early working days, travelling Ireland in a caravan lecturing the peasantry on how to combat TB. She was middle-aged before she began her flower career.
She was certainly a formidable woman, admirably independent long before girls had careers. But this is probably a book for the middleaged/elderly flower arranger who remembers Mrs Spry as a household name. Unfortunately, there isn't a single colour illustration ... of course, she worked in a monochrome era but surely there's something out there?