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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheila
Another most enjoyable read. This period of the late 19th and early 20th century is most interesting. I wish there was more about her life with her third husband which would have been a fitting end to this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Another world, but what to say about this book?
Sheila, what to say? This takes you into a world of great privilege via British and international aristocracy, royalty, Hollywood film stars, noted writers and artists, all set in the international five star locations of grand country houses, luxury apartments and hotels, hosting grand hunting parties and balls and also glamorous charity events.

But what of...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another world, but what to say about this book?, 12 Sep 2014
This review is from: Sheila: The Australian Ingenue Who Bewitched British Society (Paperback)
Sheila, what to say? This takes you into a world of great privilege via British and international aristocracy, royalty, Hollywood film stars, noted writers and artists, all set in the international five star locations of grand country houses, luxury apartments and hotels, hosting grand hunting parties and balls and also glamorous charity events.

But what of Shelia herself? A woman from a good Australian family who appeared to enchant everyone who came into contact with her by her grace, charm and great beauty. This is a fascinating look into the early part of the 20th century and how the very rich lived. It takes you through two world wars and you see that Sheila experienced both great happiness and incredible sadness.

The author Richard Wainwright has clearly done a great deal of research to write this biography and all credit to him for his great efforts. However, by the end of this book, I still didn't really know Sheila. For me the book lacks the depth needed for a biography.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Sheila, 14 Jun 2014
Sheila was obviously a great charmer and had a fascinating life. I congratulate Wainwright on unearthing her. Now however she deserves a better biography Wainright has scant knowledge of British families and titles and the book is full of glaring errors and fawning verbiage. Where was the editor? Such a shame. Let's hope this book spurs someone else to look at Sheila's life.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheila, 15 April 2014
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Another most enjoyable read. This period of the late 19th and early 20th century is most interesting. I wish there was more about her life with her third husband which would have been a fitting end to this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sheila: The Australian beautiful who bewitched British society, 9 July 2014
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A well written memoir with very detailed events. The people involved in the book were well described. It is worth to spend the time to read and digest the content.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 18 July 2014
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Most interesting insight into London Society in the inter war period
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A mesmerising read., 28 Feb 2014
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I read this whilst travelling across Australia.The references to the smells and sights in Oz were just spot on. I found the book fascinating and a treasure to read about such a wonderful woman.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little too superficial to live up to the hype, 8 Feb 2014
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After all the hype this book has received, I was rather disappointed in it. The story of Sheila Chisholm, the Australian girl who married into the British aristocracy and became intimate with many famous people, including royalty, has a great deal of intrinsic interest. I suppose I therefore expected more of her personality and character to emerge -- but as the author points out, Sheila was discreet in her unpublished memoir, and probably there aren't enough other original sources to give us more of her "voice". The book is excellent at telling us where and when Sheila did what, and due credit is given to her wartime nursing and other charitable work. Many of the socialites she knew are familiar from other books, so this one doesn't cover much new ground. The author seems unsure of whether Sheila actually had a love affair with Prince Albert (later George VI) or not, but there is almost certainly no evidence either way. Overall, I found the book rather superficial, a list of fabulous social events and prominent people. I was interested, but wanted more depth, but I suspect there just weren't enough sources available. As Sheila withdrew somewhat from social life, the book loses impetus and rather fizzles out. One niggle was that the author often gets titles wrong -- "Viscount of Norwich", "Lady Sheila Loughborough" instead of "Sheila, Lady Loughborough", "Lady Diana Mosley" for "Lady Mosley" (and this in reference to an event before Diana Guinness married Sir Oswald Mosley.) Small things, but important in a book about titled people. So -- an interesting enough book, but without much depth. At least it makes a change to read about an Australian rather than an America marrying into British high society.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Australian socialite, 18 Aug 2014
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Interesting insight into social life during 20's and 30's
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5.0 out of 5 stars The luck of the Charmers!, 14 Feb 2014
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It portrays the vulnerability and selfishness of any guilded society.
Fascinating to is the portrayal of the then Prince of Wales and how lucky we were to have had him stolen by Mrs Simpson!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Passed the time, but if you don't read it ..., 15 July 2014
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Passed the time, but if you don't read it you've not missed anything. Also, many irritating errors i.e. the Duke of Winsor was not called Edward, but David; 'Nanny' was not the pet name for the children's nurse but the name every child's nurse was referred to as a nanny, and called such.
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