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My Darling Mr Asquith: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Venetia Stanley

My Darling Mr Asquith: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Venetia Stanley (Hardback)

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This is the true story of one woman's life set against the backcloth of the great events of the first half of the twentieth century. Its subject, the Hon Venetia Stanley was remarkable for what she was, what she did and the people she knew. So it is a tale that embraces politics, sex, scandal, love and betrayal, the English aristocracy, the Asquiths and the Churchills, but also touches on strange (and some very strange) goings on in the social world of society in the 1920s and 1930s, homosexuality in high places, cross-dressing, gardening, the power of money, derring-do, pioneering aviation, antisemitism and racial prejudice, the Boer war, the Spanish civil war, two world wars, evacuee children, famine in the Soviet Union, the most remarkable match in the history of cricket, the Curragh incident, the Easter uprising, Lady Diana Cooper, Lloyd George, Lawrence of Arabia, Scott of the Antarctic, Ernest Hemingway, the Rothschilds, Beaverbrook, Gandhi, the Amritsar massacre and the Raj, the financial problems of Brazil, a cast of hundreds (many of them slightly odd) and much else besides.Isaiah Berlin said after meeting her '...handsome, smart, awful woman, celebrated society wit I am told, but quite genuinely clever and entertaining, only very awful'.

Churchill's daughter, the late Mary Soames who knew her well as a close friend and relative said to me, 'She was rum, you know!'

Stefan Buczacki is one of the most experienced non-fiction authors in the country having published around sixty titles with major publishers over more than thirty years. He is also an experienced broadcaster, probably most familiar for his twelve unbroken years as panellist and chairman on Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time but has presented, contributed to or written around two thousand radio and television programmes. Although best known for his work in gardening and natural history for which he has received numerous awards, he is also a regular contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and is recognised as an authority on Winston Churchill and his social circle. My darling Mr Asquith is his second major biography, following the highly acclaimed Churchill and Chartwell.

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