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This review is from: The Bugatti Queen. In Search of a Motor-racing Legend (Paperback)
Hellé Nice - or her given name Hélène Delangle - seems to have been quite a girl: as dancer, skier and racing driver her sense of glamour and bravery were only outstripped by a fierce ambition. In the big picture she was only a bit player as a racing driver, but she was good enough to catch the eye of the Bugatti family until post-war accusations ruined her life. She was clearly devoted to being in the spotlight: Seymour paints an engaging but rather unflattering picture of someone who thrived on attention and would do all she could to get it (she would have loved today's celebrity obsessed world!), perhaps a result of an unhappy upbringing, which makes the obscurity of her later years all the more poignant.
The author's sensationalist non-technical style may not be to everyone's taste as Bugatti Queen often reads more like a novel than a biography. Seymour freely admits that she had to "fill in" much of the story from her own imagination due to the meagreness of her sources. The result is a jolly good read, but a reader is always aware that much of the narrative is speculative, especially parts dealing with Delangle's early and late years. Despite her faults Delangle had a lot to offer and Seymour successfully captures that.