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The Surprising Life of Constance Spry Paperback – Unabridged, 1 Sep 2011
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"Fascinating . . . to be eagerly devoured." --Clarissa Dickson-Wright, celebrity chef
"Makes you fall utterly in love with its subject. . . . Even if you re not interested in flowers, such was Spry s sure, clear vision, irrepressible liveliness, quickness of mind, and humanity, that flowers are neither here nor there." "New York Times StyleMagazine ""
"Reveals with the greatest skill and sympathy an extraordinary person complicated, driven, sometimes secretive but gifted and artistic to an nth degree. What a story." Elizabeth Buchan, author, "Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman""
"Fascinating . . . to be eagerly devoured." Clarissa Dickson-Wright, celebrity chef"
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It's at its strongest covering her early years, her relationship with her auto-didact father, her social-climbing mother and Constance's early working days, travelling Ireland in a caravan lecturing the peasantry on how to combat TB. She was middle-aged before she began her flower career.
She was certainly a formidable woman, admirably independent long before girls had careers. But this is probably a book for the middleaged/elderly flower arranger who remembers Mrs Spry as a household name. Unfortunately, there isn't a single colour illustration ... of course, she worked in a monochrome era but surely there's something out there?
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