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Queen Bees by Sian Evans (May 2017)

Queen Bees by Sian Evans (May 2017)Six brilliant and extraordinary society hosteses between the wars - a spectacle of celebrity, talent, and burning ambition

Lady Nancy Astor
Lady Sibyl Colefax
Mrs Laura Corrigan
Lady Emerald Cunard
Mrs Ronnie Greville
Lady Edith Londonderry

In the aristocratic circles of early 20th Century London revolution was on the horizon - in the form of six remarkable society hostesses who would change the political, social and cultural landscape of Britain forever.

These formidable Queen Bees, presided over society from their dining tables and salons, charming, scheming, and mingling their way (with mixed results) through two world wars, the Great Depression, an abdication, a coronation and an upheaval in class structures.

With a glittering cast of players from the Mosleys to the Mitfords, from millionaires to maharajahs, from film stars to royalty, Queen Bees is the witty, warm and fascinating story of six remarkable women.
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