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    DescriptionSheila wedded earls and barons, befriended literary figures and movie stars, bedded a future king, was feted by London and New York society for forty years and when she died was a Russian princess. Vivacious, confident and striking, Sheila Chisholm met her first husband, Francis Edward Scudamore St Clair-Erskine, a first lieutenant and son of the 5th Earl of Rosslyn, when she went to Egypt during the Great War to nurse her brother. Arriving in London as a young married woman, the world was at her feet - and she enjoyed it immensely. Edward, Prince of Wales, called her 'a divine woman' and his brother, Bertie, the future George VI of England (Queen Elizabeth's father), was especially close to her. She subsequently became Lady Milbanke and ended her days as Princess Dimitri of Russia. Sheila had torrid love affairs with Rudolph Valentino and Prince Obolensky of Russia and among her friends were Evelyn Waugh, Lord Beaverbrook and Wallis Simpson. An extraordinary woman unknown to most Australians, Sheila is a spellbinding story of a unique time and a place and an utterly fascinating life.


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    Title
    Sheila
    Subtitle
    The Australian Beauty Who Bewitched British Society
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robert Wainwright
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 424
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 630 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781743311318
    ISBN 10: 1743311311
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0
    BIC subject category V2: BG
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    Abridged Dewey: 920
    DC21: 792
    BISAC V2.8: BIO022000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/FEMINE
    BISAC V2.8: BIO013000
    LC classification: JC
    BISAC V2.8: PER011000
    DC22: 792
    BISAC V2.8: BIO014000
    BISAC region code: 6.0.1.0.0.0.0
    Ingram Theme: INDS/AUSSTD
    Thema V1.0: DNB, JBSF1, DNBF, ATD
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Publisher
    Allen & Unwin
    Imprint name
    Allen & Unwin
    Publication date
    01 November 2014
    Publication City/Country
    Sydney
    Author Information
    Robert Wainwright has been a journalist for 25 years, rising from the grassroots of country journalism in Western Australia to a senior writer with the The Sydney Morning Herald. His career has ranged from politics to crime, always focussing on the people behind the major news of the day. He is the author of Rose: The unauthorised biography of Rose Hancock Porteous (2002), The Lost Boy (2004) and The Killing of Caroline Byrne (2009).
    Review quote
    "Undeniably enjoyable." --"Spectator"