The Surprising Life of Constance Spry
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The Surprising Life of Constance Spry

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'Fascinating ... to be eagerly devoured' Clarissa Dickson-Wright

Most people today, if they have heard of her, associate Constance Spry with the cookery book bearing her name. But Connie was much, much more than the author of a bestselling cookery book. She was deeply unconventional, extremely charming and very determined; Spry's life took her from the back streets of Victorian Derby to running a hugely successful business as the florist of choice for the highest of high society, organizing the flowers for royal weddings and indeed for the Queen's coronation. She endured a violent first marriage, had a lesbian affair with a cross-dressing artist and was a pioneer for working women at a time when few women had careers. Sue Shephard tells her extraordinary story with insight, wit and flair.

'Riveting.' Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall

'Makes you fall utterly in love with its subject' New York Times Magazine

'Reveals with the greatest skill and sympathy an extraordinary person - complicated, driven, sometimes secretive but gifted and artistic to an nth degree. What a story.' Elizabeth Buchan
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 133 x 197 x 27mm | 264g
  • PAN BOOKS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • Illustrations, ports.
  • 0330544225
  • 9780330544221
  • 78,748

Review quote

"Fascinating . . . to be eagerly devoured." Clarissa Dickson-Wright, celebrity chef"
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About Sue Shephard

Sue Shephard is the author of Pickled, Potted and Canned: The Story of Food Preserving which won the Andre Simon Special Award and Seeds of Fortune. She lives in Bristol with her family.
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Rating details

80 ratings
3.97 out of 5 stars
5 29% (23)
4 46% (37)
3 20% (16)
2 4% (3)
1 1% (1)
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