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Mrs Keppel and Her Daughter

Mrs Keppel and Her Daughter

Alice Keppel, lover of Queen Victoria’s son Edward VII and great-grandmother of Camilla Parker-Bowles, was the acceptable face of Edwardian adultery. She partnered the King for yachting at Cowes and helped him choose presents for his wife Queen Alexandra while remaining calmly married to her complaisant husband George. But for her daughter Violet, passionately in love with Vita Sackville-West, romance proved tragic and destructive. Mrs Keppel used all the force at her command to repress the relationship in a breathtakingly cruel display of hypocrisy.

This account, by one of our most original and acclaimed biographers, of a fascinating and intense mother-daughter relationship highlights Edwardian and contemporary duplicity and double standards and goes to the heart of questions about the monarchy, family values and sexual freedoms.

Genre: Biography & True Stories / Biography: General / Biography: Historical, Political & Military

On Sale: 4th July 2013

Price: £12.99

ISBN-13: 9781780878805

Reviews

'Unnatural vices, acts of illicit passion, kings, mistresses, elopements, extravagant riches - this book has them all. A wonderful story, wonderfully told' Christopher Hudson, Daily Mail.
Daily Mail
'Souhami uses historical lives to illuminate more than private passions. Funny and precise' Kathryn Hughes, New Statesman.
New Statesman
'Fascinating and richly textured, Souhami's style is vital, brave and full of flair' Kennedy Fraser, New York Times.
New York Times
'Souhami has a Midas touch with words. Her narrative sparkles' Nigel Nicolson, Sunday Telegraph.
Sunday Telegraph