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...

Michael Jackson’s Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch by Michael Jackson...

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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...

Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult...

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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...

Get Me the Urgent Biscuits: an Assistant’s Adventures in Theatreland by...

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Having moved to London at the ripe old age of 18 with theatrical aspirations, our heroine is rapidly poached by the legendary impresario, Thelma...