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Comprehensive and well written, as well as fascinating,
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This review is from: Nancy: The Story of Lady Astor (Hardcover)
My mother was in service with Nancy Astor in Plymouth for a short time in the 1930s and I was born there, so had a vague idea of Nancy Astor's significance to the city. I bought this book so I could get a fuller picture of her activities as well as understand what sort of person she was. This is a very comprehensive life of her and a fascinating one; their wealth was mind boggling and they could certainly afford to be exceptionally generous. I don't mean that to be snide but I couldn't help wondering to what extent people who are undoubted enormous benefactors do it in order to bask in the light of the prominence and approbation it brings as well as to secure a place in history. Nancy was certainly a bag of contradictions; able to be charming and witty but also cutting, bossy and haughty, often in the same conversation. I guess you had to know her intimately to have an informed opinion of her overall sincerity. She strikes me as one of those people that you either love or loath. In fact Nancy secured her place in history by becoming the first female MP, a tremendous achievement.