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    The Duchess (Harper Perennial) (Paperback) By (author) Amanda Foreman

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    DescriptionA tale of decadence and excess, great houses and wild parties, love and sexual intrigue, this biography of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, casts an astonishing new light on the nobility of eighteenth-century England. Fashionable, extravagant and universally adored, Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, was one of the most influential women of her day. But her flamboyant public persona hid a multitude of personal troubles: drug addiction, vast gambling debts, an unhappy menage a trois with her husband and best friend, and a doomed affair with the future prime minister. Like her descendant, Diana, Princess of Wales, Georgiana was a vulnerable woman living the life of an icon. This utterly absorbing biography, recently made into a major film starring Keira Knightley as the Duchess of Devonshire, paints a touching portrait of a misunderstood woman.

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    The Duchess
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Amanda Foreman
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 496
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 34 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    ISBN 13: 9780007285754
    ISBN 10: 0007285752

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21600
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: HBLL, BGH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBKE
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JF
    Libri: ENGM1075
    DC22: 941.07092
    BISAC V2.8: BIO014000, BIO006000
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBKE, 3JF
    Thema V1.0: DNBH, NHD
    Media tie-in
    Edition statement
    Film tie-in ed
    Illustrations note
    16 b/w, 8 col plates
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    04 August 2008
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    Author Information
    Amanda Foreman was born in London in 1968. She was educated at Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University in New York, before receiving her doctorate in Eighteenth-Century British History from Oxford University. Since 2005 she has a been a Visiting Fellow at Queen Mary College, London. She is married with five children.
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    'Mesmerizing.' Antonia Fraser, Literary Review 'Well-written, extensively researched and highly readable! Gripping.' Stella Tillyard, Mail on Sunday 'An outstanding debut by a young biographer fully in control of her sources, and with an easy and elegant writing style.' Roy Strong, Sunday Times 'A pungent, intimate blend of biography and history!a provocative contribution to our understanding of women of the past.' Jenny Uglow, Independent 'Packed with fascinating information and grippingly good.' Lisa Jardine 'Real-life glamour, peppered with a menage a trois and a dose of depression!Curl up and devour it.' Elle 'A gorgeous Whig romp![and] a serious, as well as seriously enjoyable, historical biography.' Antonia Fraser, Sunday Times 'Excellent and fascinating.' Sunday Telegraph 'From this very entertaining account emerges a vibrant picture of late-eighteenth-century life and politics, and the portrait of a rare and highly talented woman.' Observer 'A sparkling biography.' Marie Claire 'Brilliantly researched, compellingly told, this is biography of the first order.' Daily Telegraph