The Viceroy's Daughters

  • by Anne de Courcy
  • Narrated by Sara Coward
  • 17 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The three Curzon sisters - Irene, Cynthia (Cimmie) who married Sir Oswald Mosley, and Alexandra (Baba) - were at the heart of the fast and glittering world of the '20's and '30's. The sisters saw British fascism from behind the scenes and had an equally intimate view of the arrival of Wallis Simpson and the marriage and life of the Windsors. Based on unpublished letters and diaries, this is a wonderfully revealing portrait of British upper-class life during the first half of the 20th century.


What the Critics Say

"Celebrity lovers will love this book, which covers all aspects of the lives of this elite group, it's wealth, manners (ill-bred and upper crust), lusts, and political intrigues" (Library Journal)


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Less interesting than it should be

The Curzon sisters lived in very interesting times and moved in very interesting circles; however this book is far less interesting than it should be. We are told that their father was a truly great man, yet from this book it is hard to know what that reputation was based on.

The most interesting section involves Cimmie, her infatuation for the revolting Oswald Moseley, her loss of him to Diana Mitford and her tragic death.

Irene comes across as a failure - an alcoholic who never found true love. Her life was far more than that, yet we only see her in this dimension.

Essentially, this is where I was disappointed with this book. The private lives of people who achieve much in the public sphere may be less than perfect, but without a good treatment of their achievements, you cannot understand the full person and they become far less interesting.
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- Knitting Nerd

fascinating from start to finish

The biographies of the three Curzon sisters and the social history of their times make for fascinating reading. The Curzon family and their set led fascinating lives, although they were not always admirable or even likeable. The cast of peripheral characters is varied and spectacular: Oswald Mosley, Hitler, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Nancy Astor, and many others - the rich and famous and influential of the era. A lot of research has gone into this book, and quotes from letters and other documents allow some insight into the motivations, emotions and reactions of the central characters. It is all beautifully recounted, and I was always reluctant to switch off the book and keen to get back to it. The narrator is excellent - importantly she correctly pronounces the foreign words and names. If you enjoy biography, social history, or gossip about the rich and famous, you should enjoy this well-written and well-read book.
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- Robyn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-12-2008
  • Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Ltd