The Final Curtsey

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The Final Curtsey

The Final Curtsey

The Autobiography of Margaret Rhodes, First Cousin of the Queen and Niece of the Late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother

  • Author: Margaret Rhodes
  • Publisher: Calder Walker Associates
  • ISBN: 9780954127565
  • Category: Ladies-in-waiting
  • Page: 152
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This is the account of a special life, with the author's family relationships to nobility and royalty, her long marriage, her children and grandchildren and a life lived to the full.

Princess

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Princess

Princess

The Early Life of Queen Elizabeth II

  • Author: Jane Dismore
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
  • ISBN: 1493034634
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 320
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In November 2017 the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. As a 13-year-old Princess, she fell in love with Prince Philip of Greece, an ambitious naval cadet, and they married when she was 21; when she suddenly became Queen at 25, their lives changed forever. Philip has been her great support, but fortunately she also had a solid foundation that helped prepare her for a life dedicated to duty. With previously unpublished material and unique memories from friends and relatives who have known her since childhood, this book looks afresh and in richer depth at her life as Princess, glittering yet isolating. Vivid detail and anecdotes reveal more about her, the era in which she grew up and the people who shaped her life. The archives of royal confidante Lady Desborough and Private Secretary Sir Alec Hardinge reveal unseen letters from the Princess and the royal family, giving intimate insights into their lives and minds. Here is her sadness at the death of her nanny, Alah; her joy in her children; her melancholy as a young wife when Philip returns to his ship; the sensitivities of her father. Here too is the Princess with the aristocratic Bowes Lyons, her mother’s family, who featured significantly in her life, yet rarely appear in books. The author sheds new light on anomalies surrounding the birth of her mother who, it has been asserted, was the daughter of the family’s cook. The strain of wartime on the royal family is highlighted in new material contrasting the stance of the Princess’s uncles, the Duke of Windsor and David Bowes Lyon. In contrast with her upbringing, Philip’s early life was turbulent, although their lives shared some interesting parallels. Lady Butter, a relation of Philip and friend of the Princess, recalls time spent with each of them; and unpublished documents show how intelligence agencies considered the socialist influence of the Mountbattens on Philip and thus on the royal court. More importantly, Princess traces how an “ordinary country girl” suddenly found herself in the line of succession to the crown at age ten when her Uncle, the Duke of Windsor, abdicated the throne to his brother Albert (“Bertie” to family and friends), the once and future King George VI. Breaking new ground for a future English monarch, she became the first female member of the royal family to serve on active duty during World War II, and broke tradition by sending her children away to school rather having them privately tutored. Indeed, by the time of her coronation in 1953, she had already achieved a “broad and solid background from which she could draw during the rapidly changing times of her long reign. Out of a little princess they made a Queen.”

Last Curtsey

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Last Curtsey

Last Curtsey

The End of the Debutantes

  • Author: Fiona MacCarthy
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • ISBN: 0571265812
  • Category: History
  • Page: 320
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Once upon a time the well-bred daughters of Britain's aristocracy took part in a female rite of passage: curtseying to the Queen. But in 1958 this ritual was coming to an end. Under pressure to shine - not least from their mothers - the girls became the focus for newspaper diarists and society photographers in a party season that stretched for months among the great houses of England, Ireland and Scotland. Fiona MacCarthy traces the stories of the girls who curtseyed that year, and shows how their lives were to open out in often very unexpected ways - as Britain itself changed irreversibly during the 1960s, and the certainties of the old order came to an end.

White Ice

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White Ice

White Ice

  • Author: Celia Brayfield
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 1447235509
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 576
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Prima ballerina Lydia Kusminskaya, whose talents saved her from starvation in imperial St Petersburg, trusted her beauty to secure her place in the gilded cocoon of the court – unaware of the cataclysm about to destroy it, and her hopes. Eighty years later, in London, the legacy of Lydia’s beauty snares a woman and two men in the trap of their own obsessions: Alexander Wolfe, the desirable American who worships women and glamour; formidable businesswoman Bianca Berrisford, who believes beauty always has its price; and Lovat Whitburn, her bitter ex-husband, for whom beauty, once an ideal, is now a weapon. Now the three are chained to Lydia and each other in a lethal struggle for wealth, love and, above all, power. But the illusion of beauty which betrayed Lydia is lying in wait for them, too . . . ‘A breathtaking achievement’ Woman’s Own ‘Ms Brayfield knows what she is doing . . . her women sound and act like real women’ Anthony Burgess in the Independent ‘A wonderfully written novel about men, women and a burning obsession’ Me

A woman's triumph

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A woman's triumph

A woman's triumph

  • Author: lady Mary Anne Hardy
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category:
  • Page: N.A
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The Christmas Heiress

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The Christmas Heiress

The Christmas Heiress

  • Author: Adrienne Basso
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
  • ISBN: 1420134035
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 384
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A Season To Remember . . . For Charlotte Aldridge, Christmas's arrival means anything but warmth and cheer. Only a few holidays ago, she fell in love with handsome Edward Barringer, the peer both their families were hoping she would marry. But Edward not only turned his back on his noble name, he also turned his back on Charlotte. Rejected and heartbroken, she made a new life for herself and vowed to put the past behind her. But now Edward has returned to the English countryside for the holidays. And Charlotte is determined to do whatever it takes to keep her heart forever out of harm's way . . . A Love To Reclaim . . . Edward Barringer can't believe it . . . the pretty-but-frivolous Charlotte has grown into a fascinating woman. He never meant to break her heart all those years ago, but he was determined to earn his fortune rather than marry it. But now, he's become completely captivated by the alluring and passionate young woman Charlotte has become. And he's willing to risk all he has to prove the love between them is for now--and all the seasons to come. . .

Jessie Benton Främont

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Jessie Benton Främont

Jessie Benton Främont

A Woman who Made History

  • Author: Catherine Coffin Phillips
  • Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
  • ISBN: 9780803287402
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 361
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A favorite of President Andrew Jackson and the daughter of Senator Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri, Jessie Benton was acquainted with the famous from childhood. When the vivacious belle met John C. Frémont, “the handsomest young man who ever walked the streets of Washington,” love bloomed. Always passionately devoted to the controversial explorer, soldier, and politician, Jessie bore John five children, maintained a family life, charmed and campaigned on his behalf, and helped him write the popular reports of his western trailblazing. These pages, filled with public figures such as Kit Carson and Abraham Lincoln, present a lively and fearless woman.

Recreation

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Recreation

Recreation

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Play
  • Page: N.A
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The Piano Teacher

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The Piano Teacher

The Piano Teacher

  • Author: Elfriede Jelinek
  • Publisher: Profile Books
  • ISBN: 1847653065
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 226
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Erika Kohut teaches piano at the Vienna Conservatory by day. By night she trawls the city's porn shows while her mother, whom she loves and hates in equal measure, waits up for her. Into this emotional pressure-cooker bounds music student and ladies' man Walter Klemmer. With Walter as her student, Erika spirals out of control, consumed by the ecstasy of self-destruction. A haunting tale of morbid voyeurism and masochism, The Piano Teacher, first published in 1983, is Elfreide Jelinek's Masterpiece. Jelinek was awarded the Nobel Prize For Literature in 2004 for her 'musical flow of voices and counter-voices in novels and plays that, with extraordinary linguistic zeal, reveal the absurdity of society's clichs and their subjugating power. The Piano Teacher was adapted into an internationally successful film by Michael Haneke, which won three major prizes at Cannes, including the Grand Prize and Best Actress for Isabelle Huppert.

The Owl's Nest

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The Owl's Nest

The Owl's Nest

A Romance

  • Author: Eugenie Marlitt
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Dime novels
  • Page: 269
  • View: 2988
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