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The Grand Duchess of Nowhere by Laurie Graham
  

The Grand Duchess of Nowhere

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A big, sweeping historical drama of a terrifying period of history for this bleeds into the Russian Revolution and the slaughter of the Romanov family. It follows one of Queen Victoria’s many grandchildren, Victoria Melita, known as Ducky. She was the daughter of the Queen’s second son, Prince Alfred, who married the daughter of the Tsar. Ducky married a man she did not love, not unusual in that period, but she was so deeply in love with her Russian cousin that she actually divorced her first husband! Shock, horror. This lovely tale, told with charm, humour and passion, beautifully imagines those controversial conversations with Queen Victoria, a fascinating insight into the Queen’s thoughts. Such fun.

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The Grand Duchess of Nowhere by Laurie Graham

There is one great love in everyone's life. For Ducky, Princess Victoria Melita, hers was a Romanov cousin, a member of the doomed Russian royal family. Her father is Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Victoria's second son. Her mother is Grand Duchess Marie, the daughter of Tsar Alexander II. Ducky seems doomed to be a pawn on her grandmother's dynastic chessboard. But Ducky is not so easily controlled. In an era when death is considered preferable to divorce she fights for the freedom to be with the true love of her life. From disgraced exile in Paris to the glitter of St Petersburg and the mud and carnage of the Eastern Front, she forges her own path. As Russia descends into the chaos of 1917 and the Romanov dynasty falters, Ducky is right at the heart of events. Exiled once more, she tells us her story.

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'Literary treats don't come much better ... I loved this book and didn't want to reach the end'
Daily Mail

. * Daily Mail * 'An engaging and entertaining read
The Lady

. * The Lady * 'A fascinating glimpse into a vanished world
Sunday Times

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About the Author

Laurie Graham is a former Daily Telegraph columnist and contributing editor of She magazine. The author of several acclaimed novels, the two most recent were Gone with the Windsors and The Importance of Being Kennedy. She lives in Venice.

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Book Info

Publication date

2nd October 2014

Author

Laurie Graham

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Publisher

Quercus Publishing

Format

Hardback
400 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9781782069706

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