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    DescriptionBorn in 1900 to a promiscuous American oil heiress and a British army captain, Marion Barbara Carstairs realised very early on that she was not like most little girls. Liberated by war work in WWI, Marion reinvented herself as Joe, and quickly went on to establish herself as a leading light of the fashionable lesbian demi-monde. She dressed in men's clothes, smoked cigars and cheroots, tattooed her arms, and became Britain's most celebrated female speed-boat racer - the 'fastest woman on water'. Yet Joe tired of the lime-light in 1934, and retired to the Bahamian Island of Whale Cay. There she fashioned her own self-sufficient kingdom, where she hosted riotous parties which boasted Hollywood actresses and British royalty among their guests. Although her lovers included screen sirens such as Marlene Dietrich, the real love of Joe's life was a small boy-doll named Lord Tod Wadley, to whom she remained devoted throughout her remarkable life. She died, aged 93, in 1993.


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    Title
    The Queen of Whale Cay
    Subtitle
    The Extraordinary Story of 'Joe' Carstairs, the Fastest Woman on Water
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Kate Summerscale
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 201 mm
    Weight: 221 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781408830512
    ISBN 10: 1408830515
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BGH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    DC22: B
    BISAC V2.8: BIO022000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/FEMINE
    BISAC V2.8: BIO006000
    DC23: 941.082092
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations
    Publisher
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Publication date
    10 May 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    KATE SUMMERSCALE is the author of the number one bestselling The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2008, a Richard & Judy Book Club pick and adapted into a major ITV drama. Her first book, the bestselling The Queen of Whale Cay, won a Somerset Maugham award and was shortlisted for the Whitbread biography award. Her most recent book is Mrs Robinson's Disgrace. Kate Summerscale has also judged various literary competitions including the Booker Prize. She lives in London.
    Review quote
    She was crazy and brave and her story is jaw-droppingly amazing ... Great stuff Val Hennessy, Daily Mail A wonderful account of a truly extraordinary life Mail on Sunday A biography that sparkles with enthusiastic research and empathetic writing Sunday Times A small jewel of a biography The New Yorker A fascinating, hilarious and deliciously subversive book Literary Review