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Society's Queen The Life of Edith, Marchioness of Londonderry by Anne De Courcy

Society's Queen The Life of Edith, Marchioness of Londonderry


Society's Queen The Life of Edith, Marchioness of Londonderry by Anne De Courcy

From the author of the critically acclaimed THE VICEROY'S DAUGHTERS, the story of a glittering aristocrat who was also at the heart of political society in the interwar years.At the age of twenty-one, Edith Chaplin married one of the most eligible bachelors of the day, the eldest son of the sixth Marquess of Londonderry. Her husband served in the Ulster cabinet and was Air Minister in the National Government of 1934-5. Edith founded the Women's Legion during the First World War and was also an early campaigner for women's suffrage. She created the renowned Mount Stewart Gardens in County Down that are now owned by the National Trust.All her life, Edith remained at the heart of politics both in Westminster and Ireland. She is perhaps best known for her role as 'society's queen' - a hostess to the rich and famous. Her close circle of friends included Winston Churchill, Lady Astor, Neville Chamberlain and Harold Macmillan who congregated in her salon, known as 'The Ark'. Other members included artists and writers such as John Buchan, Sean O'Casey. Britain's first Labour prime minister, Ramsey MacDonald, became romantically obsessed by her.

About the Author

Anne De Courcy

Anne De Courcy is a well-known biographer, journalist, interviewer and reviewer. She lives in London. Her book about the Curzon sisters, The Viceroy's Daughters, was a bestseller in Phoenix paperbacks.

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Publication date

3rd June 2004


Anne De Courcy

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Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co


416 pages


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