Having been brought up in a working class family in the village of Madresfield during the 1950's until the age of 14,I have been aware for many years of the connection between Waugh and the Lygon family living at Madresfield Court. As a child growing up there and attending the village school, church etc the scandal about the 7th Earl's sexuality was passed down from generation to generation. When I was older and told friends that Brideshead Revisited had been based on the Lygon family, there was a little disbelief as everyone associated it with the TV version and the family from Castle Howard! I have read several books on Waugh and the Lygons, but this one was the most revealing. Perhaps if I hadn't lived there and known a little of the history of the family and their predessors I wouldn't have been so interested, but in saying this the research undertaken by the author from new letters and papers of the 8th Earl's sisters that have now come to light give the book a wonderful insight into the decandant and priveledged life the aristocracy lived during the 19th and 20th Century. It is said that the truth is stranger than fiction, and this book lays no stone unturned!
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