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Ettie: The Intimate Life And Dauntless Spirit Of Lady Desborough Hardcover – 28 Aug 2008
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Richard Davenport-Hines's stirring history of Ettie Fane, a woman of sophistication and beauty seemingly blighted with bad luck. The picture of English aristocratic determination, she remains uncowed to the end. (VOGUE)
as Richard Davenport-Hines demonstrates triumphantly in this superb biography, Ettie Desborough's life is a compelling and moving story of love and loss as well as an important slice of social history, and deserves to be widely read... The book is a joy to read, sparkling and fresh and full of good things. A real delight. (Jane Ridley LITERARY REVIEW)
this intelligent and well-written book... provides a rich and satisfying portrait of an age that now seems infinitely remote (THE SPECTATOR)
Davenport-Hines knows his subject well and writes about the period with insight and understanding. (CATHOLIC HERALD)
The life of Lady Desborough - beautiful heiress, aristocratic hostess, unfaithful wife, tragic mother, Edwardian iconSee all Product description
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Lady Desborough was important for her role at the centre of many social events and her bridging of Edwardian style through to post second world war way living.
I will finish the book but it is over written and a rather hard read.
Just a foot note :- I possess a fair number of books once owned by Lady Desborough and they reveal in both their dedications and subjects the breadth and depth of her interests as much as the many pages of purple prose by Mr Davenport-Hines.
In an extraordinary life the most striking aspect is how constantly it was touched by bereavement, in a book that brings home the losses suffered by families in World War I.
Whilst some of the lists of dinner party companions pall, particularly when unleavened by anecdotes, as sometimes occurs, her steeliness comes through strongly and is extraordinary.
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