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    DescriptionIrene (born 1896), Cynthia (b.1898) and Alexandria (b.1904) were the three daughters of Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India 1898-1905 and probably the grandest and most self-confident imperial servant Britain ever possessed. After the death of his fabulously rich American wife in 1906, Curzon's determination to control every aspect of his daughters' lives, including the money that was rightfully theirs, led them one by one into revolt against their father.The three sisters were at the very heart of the fast and glittering world of the Twenties and Thirties. Irene, intensely musical and a passionate foxhunter, had love affairs in the glamorous Melton Mowbray hunting set. Cynthia ('Cimmie') married Oswald Mosley, joining him first in the Labour Party, where she became a popular MP herself, before following him into fascism. Alexandra ('Baba'), the youngest and most beautiful, married the Prince of Wales's best friend Fruity Metcalfe. On Cimmie's early death in 1933 Baba flung herself into a long and passionate affair with Mosley and a liaison with Mussolini's ambassador to London, Count Dino Grandi, while enjoying the romantic devotion of the Foreign Secretary, Lord Halifax. The sisters see British fascism from behind the scenes, and the arrival of Wallis Simpson and the early married life of the Windsors. The war finds them based at 'the Dorch' (the Dorchester Hotel) doing good works. At the end of their extraordinary lives, Irene and Baba have become, rather improbably, pillars of the establishment, Irene being made one of the very first Life Peers in 1958 for her work with youth clubs.


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    Title
    The Viceroy's Daughters
    Subtitle
    The Lives of the Curzon Sisters
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Anne De Courcy
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 464
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780753812556
    ISBN 10: 075381255X
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BGH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJ
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1, HBLW
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: BIO022000, HIS010020
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 941.0820922
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJ, 1DBK
    Thema V1.0: DNBH, NHD
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MP
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1DDU
    Illustrations note
    32
    Publisher
    Orion Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
    Publication date
    05 July 2001
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Anne de Courcy is a well-known writer and journalist. In the 1970s she was Woman's Editor on the London Evening News; in the 1980s she was a regular feature-writer for the Evening Standard; she joined the Daily Mail in 1992 where she has done interviews, historical features and book reviews, as well as editing a page on readers' dilemmas. She has written eight books, including a biography of Diana Mosley to appear after the subject's lifetime.
    Review text
    Anne De Courcy's meticulously researched biography of the three Curzon daughters contains the material and stories which today would have the tabloid newspapers editors racing for their cheque books. The book is primarily about the scandalous and often disastrous lives of three sisters, daughters of one of the grandest viceroys of India. It also throws considerably light on a number of other well-known members of aristocratic society between the two Great Wars. The reason for this was that quite simply their lives and in particular their love lives were all intertwined. Lord Curzon spent most of his life regretting that he was recalled from India and all the trappings that went with the post of Viceroy with supreme power. Although later in Government his talents were recognised with Cabinet Posts, Curzon felt that he had failed and this sense of failure extended to his marriages and more importantly to the relationship or more often than not lack of relationship with his three daughters. These three daughters, Baba, Cimmie and Irene, unashamedly shared each other's husbands and lovers just as they might have shared their toys when they were younger. The result was constant conflict, making up, intrigues and scheming, whilst using the power, money and the family name to bed-hop their way around society. The most intriguing character, who permeates much of the book, is Tom Mosley. Mosley was an unashamed philanderer who slept with all three sisters as well as countless other women as he changed his political affiliations to the point where he founded and led the British Fascist Party, The Blackshirts, during the 1930s. The book also sheds more light on the scandalous liaison between the Prince of Wales and Mrs Wallis Simpson, which led to his abdication and their ostracism from the Royal Family. The link in this case was The Prince of Wales best friend and best man Fruity Metcalfe. who was in charge of the Prince's hunting stables and was unhappily married to Baba Curzon. Ramsey McDonald said of Mrs Simpson after seeing her swept to Ascot in a royal carriage: " The people of this country do not mind fornication but they loathe adultery" - much of this highly entertaining historical book is about both. Review by John Russell (Kirkus UK)