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Wild Mary: The Life Of Mary Wesley Hardcover – 1 Jun 2006

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus; First Edition edition (1 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0701179910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701179915
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 449,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Much of the fascination of Marnham's well-researched and admirably impartial book is that it reveals just how autobiographical Wesley's fiction was" (Miranda Seymour Sunday Times)

"[A] fast-paced riveting biography" (Valerie Grove The Times)

"A striking portrait not only of an amazing, if strange, woman but of an entire social class" (Rachel Cooke Evening Standard)

"Unpicks the complicated web of deceits and half-truths that surrounded much of her life with wit, patience and skill, providing just the sort of compelling read that Wesley did in her novel" (Independent)

"This biography is pure pleasure, a riveting, hilarious tragicomedy of manners...Marnham has disentangled truth from rumour, clarified the many connections between Wild Mary's rackety life and Mary Wesley's fiction, and produced a generous, unsentimental and intelligent portrait of a woman's life and times" (Spectator)

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The extraordinary life of Mary Wesley, whose first novel was published when she was 70 years old. She worked for British Intelligence during the war, and her 70s and 80s packed in the writing and publication of 10 amazingly sexy novels. Her books -exciting, innovative and bestselling - include The Camomile Lawn, which was also made into a TV series..

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