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Bunny Mellon: the Life of an American Style Legend by Meryl Gordon

In his heyday, Paul Mellon was the fifth-richest man in America, heir to an oil and banking fortune of vast proportions. His wife, Bunny Mellon,...
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Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell

Some years ago, Sheila Weller wrote a memorable joint biography of Carole King, Carly Simon and Joni Mitchell, entitled "Girls Like Us". The last...
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The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums by Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald has excelled himself. In the wake of his monumental "A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers", a further classic bursts...
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Koh-i-Noor: The History of the World’s Most Infamous Diamond by William Dalrymple and Anita...

In 1849, through a formal Act of Submission, the terrified 10-year-old leader of the Sikh kingdom of Punjab ceded vast tracts of valuable land...
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On the Fringe: A Life in Decorating by Imogen Taylor

Sybil Colefax and John Fowler are hardly household names, but in the world of design (and their distinctive use of English chintz), the firm...
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Joan: The Remarkable Life of Joan Leigh Fermor by Simon Fenwick

As the first archivist to peruse and collate "Paddy" Leigh Fermor's papers (19 cartons strong), Simon Fenwick unearthed a tantalising glimpse of his enigmatic...
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The Husband Hunters: Social Climbing in London and New York by Anne de Courcy

In the 40 years from 1874 to the outbreak of war in 1914, almost a hundred "Dollar Princesses" married into the frequently impecunious British...
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The Crown: The Official Companion, Volume 1 by Robert Lacey

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...