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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...
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The Vanity Fair Diaries, 1983 – 1992 by Tina Brown

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

The names of Luisa Casati and Doris, Lady Castlerosse may well be unfamiliar, but Peggy Guggenheim may not. All three immensely wealthy ladies shared...
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Sargent’s Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas by Donna M. Lucey

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 -...
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The Young Visiters by Daisy Ashford

As opening lines go, "Mr Salteena was an elderly man of 42 and was fond of asking peaple to stay with him" is hard...
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Michael Jackson’s Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch by Michael Jackson et al

The late lamented Michael Jackson, not to be confused with a certain pop singer, was the Robert Parker of Scotch whisky. In this, no less...
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Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult by Bruce Handy

For those of us with a passion for children's literature, this book is a corker. Singling out 50-odd authors and their many timeless titles, Bruce...