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  • Natalie and Romaineby Diana Souhami

    Quercus Publishing 2013; US$ 19.08

    Natalie Barney, 'the wild girl of Cincinnati', and Romaine Brooks were both rich, American and grandly lesbian. They met in Paris in 1915 and their tempestuous affair lasted more than fifty years. By the end of their lives together, Natalie and Romaine had entertained, slept with, fallen in love with, tutored or tortured a range of figures including... more...

  • Coconut Chaosby Diana Souhami

    Quercus Publishing 2013; US$ 19.08

    At dawn on 27 April 1789 Fletcher Christian, master's mate on HMS Bounty, took a coconut to quench his thirst from the supply on the quarterdeck. This seemingly insignificant act resulted in mutiny, chaos and a chain of events that leads right up to the present day. With a story driven by hazardous and extraordinary sea voyages and a cast that includes... more...

  • The Trials of Radclyffe Hallby Diana Souhami

    Quercus Publishing 2013; US$ 19.08

    Radclyffe Hall was born in 1880 in Bournemouth in a house inappropriately named Sunny Lawn . Her mother drank gin in an attempt to terminate the pregnancy, and her father fled the family home. At the mercy of a violent mother and sexually abusive stepfather, her life changed when at the age of eighteen she inherited her father's estate of 100,000.... more...

  • Gluck: Her Biographyby Diana Souhami

    Quercus Publishing 2013; US$ 19.08

    As stubborn as she was gifted, as fierce as she was tender, and notorious for her mannish dress that was provocative and chic in equal measure, Gluck was an artist and a rebel. Born Hannah Gluckstein in 1895 into the family that founded the J. Lyons & Co. catering company, she had passionate affairs with society women such as Constance Spry and exhibited... more...

  • Greta and Cecilby Diana Souhami

    Quercus Publishing 2013; US$ 19.08

    Greta Garbo first met society photographer Cecil Beaton in Hollywood in 1932. Both were caught in turbulent same-sex affairs. Yet Garbo flirted and danced with Beaton, told him he was pretty, presented him with "a rose that lives and dies and never again returns" and at dawn drove away in her black Packard. Cecil took the rose home to England, framed... more...

  • Gertrude and Aliceby Diana Souhami

    Quercus Publishing 2009; US$ 19.08

    Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Tokas were the talk of pre-war Paris. Photographed by Cecil Beaton and Man Ray, painted by Picasso and written about by Hemingway, they were at the heart of Parisian cultural and literary life. Alice, convinced that Gertrude was a genius, cooked for her, typed her manuscripts and fought to obtain the fame she was convinced... more...

  • Edith Cavellby Diana Souhami

    Quercus 2013; US$ 22.95

    Edith Cavell was born on 4th December 1865, daughter of the vicar of Swardeston in Norfolk, and shot in Brussels on 12th October 1915 by the Germans for sheltering British and French soldiers and helping them escape over the Belgian border. Following a traditional village childhood in 19th century England, Edith worked as a governess in the UK and... more...

  • Edith Cavellby Diana Souhami

    Quercus Publishing 2010; US$ 17.26

    On 20 August 1914 Edith Cavell watched as fifty thousand German soldiers marched into Brussels. Overnight her life changed from archetypal hospital matron to the concealment and subversion of a resistance worker. Nothing in her Victorian upbringing as the vicar?s daughter in a small Norfolk village prepared her for the brutality of her final years.... more...

  • Selkirk's Islandby Diana Souhami

    Quercus Publishing 2012; US$ 13.63

    Alexander Selkirk was marooned on the uninhabited island of Juan Fernandez in 1704 after a row with the captain of his ship. He had been on a treasure seeking adventure to the South Seas. His abandonment meant he was alone for four years and four months, dependent for survival on what the island offered. When rescued he was clad in goat skins and... more...

  • Murder At Wrotham Hillby Diana Souhami

    Quercus Publishing 2012; US$ 13.63

    'Murder at Wrotham Hill' takes the killing in October 1946 of Dagmar Petrzywalski as the catalyst for a compelling and unique meditation on murder and fate. Dagmar, a gentle, eccentric spinster, was the embodiment of Austerity Britain's prudence and thrift. Her murderer Harold Hagger's litany of petty crimes, abandoned wives, sloughed-off identities... more...