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The Twelve Days of Christmas [correspondence] by John Julius Norwich

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This delightful stocking-stuffer, of immense humour and charm, was originally published in 1998, and remains a Christmasy classic. Being "thank you" notes on the...

Mog’s Christmas written and illustrated by Judith Kerr

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No dissemblance here: we've been pipped at the post. Sainsbury's, a British grocery colossus, built a hugely successful video around this title, pro bono, that...

The Husband Hunters: Social Climbing in London and New York by...

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In the 40 years from 1874 to the outbreak of war in 1914, almost a hundred "Dollar Princesses" married into the frequently impecunious British...

The Crown: The Official Companion, Volume 1 by Robert Lacey

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TV tie-ins are notoriously unreliable affairs, frequently cobbled together to cash in on the programmes concerned, promptly to disappear. Not so this time. The much...

The Vanity Fair Diaries, 1983 – 1992 by Tina Brown

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As editor-in-chief of VANITY FAIR, Tina Brown was a media darling, as synonymous with society as Anna Wintour and Diana Vreeland before her. But...

The Unfinished Palazzo: Life, Love and Art in Venice by Judith...

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The names of Luisa Casati and Doris, Lady Castlerosse may well be unfamiliar, but Peggy Guggenheim may not. All three immensely wealthy ladies shared...

Sargent’s Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas by Donna M. Lucey

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John Singer Sargent's sexual persuasion remains the subject of much speculation, yet his passion for women - particularly the well-clothed and the well-heeled -...

The Young Visiters by Daisy Ashford

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As opening lines go, "Mr Salteena was an elderly man of 42 and was fond of asking peaple to stay with him" is hard...