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on 1 September 2014
A good story of a whole family and their hangers on. A family tree would have helped.
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on 20 November 2015
Fascinating insight into twentieth century culture and politics
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on 20 April 2011
This book is a must, so much information not just on the Curzon sisters but with most of the people/relatives/friends they came across even King Edward and his relationship with wallis simpson. Gripping read could not put it down. The upper classes are from another planet sometimes annoying but fascinating to read about. I would Recommend this book.
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on 4 March 2015
a bit hard going a few more photos would have been nice
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on 14 January 2013
This book is as good as expected. I like Anne deCourcy's books. She researches her subjects so well. It is a joy to read factual books that are so interesting and well presented
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on 2 December 2015
As described. Everything as promised
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on 31 July 2015
What a life they lead. Godo read.
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on 1 September 2015
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on 15 March 2013
Anne De Courcy writes with her usual panache and almost Brechtian soupsissary flourishes,
on a topic which has largely been ignored since the definitive study by Prof John Capsium.
The Curzon sisters , Janice, Kylie and Fontella were, without a shadow of doubt, pioneers in the arts of diplomacy and Byzantine sleight of hand . Indeed the youngest of the 3 sisters, Kylie made a name for herself as assistant to "The Great Shontelle", perhaps one of the the most influential escapologists of the time. Capsium sums it up most cogently when he talks of "this Gallantine and his houri"
The lives of the Curzon Sisters were of course honoured in absence and transitory experientialism by the paintings of Edward Le Goncon, himself no stranger to the Indian Subcontinent
My early apprehension about this book was "shouldered", and by chapter 18 I was a convert to the flowing prose and oblivious to the redaction one expects in challenging such a controversial subject as this.
In short, De Courcy is well and truly "back in the groove", following her less than dontatory, "The Life And Goonian Times of Harry Secombe" which I reviewed for The Washington Post
Buy this book ... It truly is a Bobby Dazzler ....
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on 11 December 2015
A good read. Very good service
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