By Richard Davenport-Hines
The life of Lady Desborough - beautiful heiress, aristocratic hostess, unfaithful wife, tragic mother, Edwardian icon.Born in 1867 and orphaned at three, Ettie Fane was brought up by a beloved grandmother and then two adoring, almost incestuous, bachelor uncles. At twenty she married Willy Grenfell, later Lord Desborough. Beautiful, rich, charming and clever, Ettie soon became a leading hostess at the two magnificent country houses she had inherited. Leading politicians, writers and artists were very much part of her circle.But there was a dark side too, as this book will reveal. Ettie could be manipulative and cruel. Her eldest son Julian, after a nervous breakdown at Oxford, rejected her world and values. Nemesis and tragedy were not far away. In 1915 Julian died of war wounds. Six weeks later her second son Billy was killed in action. Her youngest son Ivo would be killed shortly after the war. But despite intense private misery, she reacted with outward courage and self-mastery. Grief revealed the greatness of her spirit. In the 1920s and 1930s she continued to collect new types, especially gifted young men, relishing people of all ages up to her death in 1952, a redoutable survivor from a vanished age.
THE EAT WELL COOKBOOK
By Jan Purser
Do you love cooking and eating great food? Do you worry about gaining weight? Do you have or suspect you have food sensitivities? Would you like to feel fabulous all the time? The good news is that there are ways of having your cake and eating it too. Basing their philosophy for health and wellbeing on their formidable combined experience in the food and natural health industries, Jan Purser and Kathy Snowball have created another cookbook with sensational healthy food suitable for all occasions, whether it's dinner for two, a family meal or entertaining the masses. And it's all gluten and dairy-free, making it suitable for people with sensitivities or allergies in those areas. Following on from the success of their award-winning The Detox Cookbook, this is a book of recipes and practical advice for living well, for people with a passion for food who also want to keep a close eye on their health.