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"Fort casts fresh light on a remarkable woman, whose toughness and independence of opinion allowed this outsider to chart a new course for women." (Good Book Guide)
"The spirited story of the indomitable girl from America who married a millionaire and fought fiercely to become Britain’s first female MP" (Sunday Times)
"Fort’s well researched biography is excellent" (Janet Christie Scotsman)
"Adrian Fort does justice to her energetic, forceful and outspoken personality" (Christopher Silvester Daily Express)
"A masterful and compassionate book, every bit as multi-facet as the extraordinary woman" (Country Life)
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I was born in Plymouth and I'm now in my eighth decade. Nancy Astor was my childhood hero and she was the hero of war-torn Plymouth which suffered more concentrated Nazi bombing than any other British city, Coventry included.
Nancy and her husband Waldorf 2nd Viscount Astor were both American and both adored Plymouth, loving its people, its history and the swashbucklers that sailed out of Plymouth Sound. Adrian Fort, the book's author, recounts that on first sighting Plymouth Nancy said,"The moment I got there I had a strange feeling of coming home."
With her rhetoric and ceaseless energy she rallied the citizens of Plymouth with speeches that would have done Churchill proud -- yet she and Churchill maintained a respectful animosity,"Winston, if you were my husband I'd put arsenic in your tea!" "Nancy, if you were my wife I'd drink it!"
Adrian Fort delivers the message that while she was fiery her husband was a pleasant, nicest-person-in-the-world sort. I remember my grandfather being pleased and awed to tell the family that he had had a long chat with Lord Astor on a Plymouth tram. Several times when he was Lord Mayor of Plymouth he was the guest of honour at speech days at my excellent school - Sutton High - axed in the slaughter of grammar schools
I must have been eight or nine when I met Nancy, or properly speaking she met me - see my blog, "What Nancy said to me," on [...]
NANCY, the story of Lady Astor is as gripping as any page-turning whodunnit.I was enthralled, many thanks Adrian Fort for your book. It tugged my heart strings and stirred almost forgotten memories - but in truth it's a jolly good read for anybody and I've got to give it 5 stars.
Nancy Astor was born in Virginia and the story does not really get going until she sets foot in England and marries the millionaire Waldorf Astor. At times I wished the book had the directness and acerbity of Astor herself, rather than the description and dutifulness of a conventional biography. However, for the most part, it does indeed possess the 'glorious, page-turning brio' proclaimed on the cover. The detail and research of the chapter covering the Astors' war years in Plymouth is particularly impressive, whilst remaining clear and flowing.
I hope the National Trust shop at Cliveden has stocked up with copies!
Indeed, it was a life at the very centre of the current events of the day - with Waldorf embarked on a political career and Nancy as a prominent hostess. This book looks at the ups and downs of Nancy's career in politics - her success as the only woman MP, her visit to Russia and meeting with Stalin, the furore caused by the 'Cliveden Set' and, of course, her personal life. Nancy Astor was a woman who knew her own mind, and who spoke it forcefully. Sometimes she upset othes with her strong views, but she was always loyal to her beliefs and, despite being criticised for advocating appeasement before the Second World War, she worked tirelessly for the people of her constituency during the war years. This is a very interesting biography, with Nancy Astor involved in politics during a time of great upheaval socially and politically, which I greatly enjoyed.
Her story is so interesting and compelling, and her personality so powerful, that the book is a real page-turner. Adrain Fort appears to be in thrall to Nancy, and with good reason. Born in 1879, her earliest years were mired in economic uncertainty before her father finally managed to come good and provide significant wealth and prosperity to his family. From there she married into one of the world's richest families, and became the first female MP to enter the British Parliament after winning the tough and economically deprived constituency of Plymouth where she became a local legend. This biography provides an excellent historical context to her life whilst never losing focus on its core subject. She lived through extraordinary times: the aftermath of the US Civil War, two world wars, the depression, female emancipation, and massive social change. Her energy and charisma shine through every chapter and yet the writer remains clear eyed about her many mistakes and personality flaws too. A book about an extraordinary woman that does full justice to its subject. At the end of the book I felt genuinely sad to have finished her story which inevitably concludes with the end of her remarkable life.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very small print, and an highly documented storyline. I was interested to know more about her as worked for seven year at Taplow Court - the neighbour to Clivedon House, where the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bernard Hawkes
Thought it was very interesting. Learned lots of facts in a good way. Never knew how an American lady came to be in an English Parliament so it has been interesting to read about... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Honey8
It is a curiously little-known fact that the first female MP in the Houses of Parliament was not in fact British at all but American. Read morePublished 17 months ago by C. Ball
Excellent as it is a very honest account of an amazing woman who had such an impact on UK politics for fifty years and opened the way for women's entry in to many fields that were... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
WARNING: SOME READERS WILL NOT LIKE SUCH A DETAILED ACCOUNT OF THE BOOK.
This vivid biography of Nancy Langhorne (1879 to 1964), who was to become famous as Lady Astor,... Read more
Adrian Fort has thoroughly grasped the significance of this remarkable, if controversial woman. Hopefully it will help resurrect her reputation so that people can see what an... Read morePublished on 28 Oct. 2014 by Cassie
I bought this latest book on Lady Astor by Adrian Fort recently and found it an excellent read. Anyone interested in this period of history in Britain will not be disappointed by... Read morePublished on 17 Jun. 2014 by Flissa
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