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Interesting life, bad biography
on 20 June 2009
What a shame that Mary Wesley abandoned efforts to write her autobiography; it would have been so much better than this clunky and badly-edited effort.
She is a fascinating character and one would have loved to have known her. And this is certainly an eye-opener for anyone who thinks that sex was only invented in 1963. Wesley said she could fall asleep by counting her lovers.
Fascinating, too, her relationship with her sons who all had different fathers, and the shameful attempt by the oldest son to illegitimise his brother and cut him out of the family trust. It would certainly be interesting to re-read Wesley's novels in the light of her life.
If only she had chosen a biographer with a less heavy-handed, plodding approach.