[EPUB] ç Nancy: The Story of Lady Astor | BY ↠ Adrian Fort #2020


  • Title: Nancy: The Story of Lady Astor
  • Author: Adrian Fort
  • ISBN: 9780224090162
  • Page: 101
  • Format: Hardcover

  • Nancy: The Story of Lady Astor By Adrian Fort A new biography of Nancy Astor, American socialite and social crusader who blazed a trail through British society amid two World WarsIn 1919, Nancy Astor became the first female Member of Parliament elected to the House of Commons she was not what had been expected Far from a virago who had suffered for the cause of female suffrage, Lady Astor was already near the centerA new biography of Nancy Astor, American socialite and social crusader who blazed a trail through British society amid two World WarsIn 1919, Nancy Astor became the first female Member of Parliament elected to the House of Commons she was not what had been expected Far from a virago who had suffered for the cause of female suffrage, Lady Astor was already near the center of the ruling society that had for so long resisted the political upheavals of the early twentieth century, having married into one of the richest families in the world She wasn t even British, but the daughter of a famous Virginian family, and fiercely proud of her expatriate ancestry But her moral drive was strong, and she would utilize her position of privilege and influence to blow a bracing American wind into what she regarded as the stuffy corners of British politics This account charts Nancy Astor s incredible story, from relative penury in the American South to a world of enormous countryside estates and townhouses, and the most lavish entertainments, peopled by the great figures of the day Churchill, Chamberlain, FDR, Charlie Chapin, J M Barrie, and Lawrence of Arabia were all part of her social circle But hers was not to be an easy life of power and pure glamour it was also defined by principles and bravery, war and sacrifice, love, and the most embittered disputes With glorious, page turning brio, Adrian Fort brings to life this restless, controversial American dynamo, an unforgettable woman who left a deep and lasting imprint on the political life of a nation.
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    Petra X
    Nancy was one of the many Americans whose family desired that they have a title Most of the girls who married into aristocracy had family money, she did too, but not the endless riches that made them so attractive to the Dukes and Lords of the day Nonetheless, she was shipped off to England after having made a pretty bad first marriage and she duly married into fame, fortune and a title In some ways she was a great lady who achieved much as the first female Member of Parliament, but the book was [...]

    Nigeyb
    What a wonderful book I came to this book with only scant knowledge of Nancy aka Lady Astor The main source of my knowledge was a book I d read by her loyal maid Rosina Harrison called Gentlemen s Gentlemen which focussed on British butlers and which extensively featured Edwin Lee who was Lady Astor s head butler for most of her life in England From that book all I had gleaned was that she was an American, who had relocated to England, and become an aristocratic woman of power and social signifi [...]

    Laura
    From BBC radio 4 Book of the week The first of five extracts from a new biography of Nancy Astor, the first woman to take a seat in the British Parliament Born in 1879, hers was a fascinating life from straitened beginnings in the Civil War ravaged Deep South of America, to marriage into one of the world s richest families, to a straight talking campaign conducted door to door in one of the most deprived areas of Plymouth which brought her a political career that lasted than two decades from 19 [...]

    Bettie☯
    BOTWBBC blurb The first of five extracts from a new biography of Nancy Astor, the first woman to take a seat in the British Parliament Born in 1879, hers was a fascinating life from straitened beginnings in the Civil War ravaged Deep South of America, to marriage into one of the world s richest families, to a straight talking campaign conducted door to door in one of the most deprived areas of Plymouth which brought her a political career that lasted than two decades from 1919 until 1945.Far fr [...]

    Nick Turner
    Inspiring biography of the first woman to take a seat in the British Parliament I listened to an abridged audio adaptation in five parts read by Anna Maxwell Martin, and abridged by Alison Joseph.Born in 1879, hers was a fascinating life from straitened beginnings in the Civil War ravaged Deep South of America, to marriage into one of the world s richest families, to a straight talking campaign conducted door to door in one of the most deprived areas of Plymouth which brought her a political car [...]

    Caroline
    It is a curiously little known fact that the first female MP in the Houses of Parliament was not in fact British at all but American She was not a feminist or a suffragette, not a born radical bent on upsetting societal norms or conventions Far from it, she was wealthy in her own right and married to yet immense wealth in the shape of her husband, an heir of the Astor millions, mixing in the highest circles of British social life Her position as a trailblazer in feminist politics came about sol [...]

    Elizabeth Moffat
    This book deserves three and a half stars in my opinion I really wasn t sure about it until halfway through when the personality of Nancy completely drew me in She was far from perfect she had a tendency to bully people her children in particular suffered for this , she had strident views on sex, drink and religion, and her tongue could be as sharp as a knife But she also had a tremendous wit, the ability to say what she liked without fear of repercussion, and outstanding courage She was the fir [...]

    Val
    There are earlier biographies of Nancy Astor, although they seem to have all gone out of print This is a new one released October 2012 and January 2013.Nancy was an interesting, lively and energetic woman and deserves to have a biography in print This one introduces no new material and skirts quickly past her least attractive opinions, although it is not a complete hagiography Adrian Fort does not seem to have made any attempt to understand her or her politics In fact politics is almost complete [...]

    Joanne
    This is a fascinating book about a fascinating woman I knew of Nancy Astor of course, she was thefirst woman MP to take her seat in the House of Commons, but I didn t know anything of her life beyond this I had assumed that she had always been rich, but in fact her childhood had periods where her parents struggled for money She was born into the Langhorne family of Virginia, who had been wealthy, but the Civil War wrecked their fortunes Nancy s father, Chillie Langhorne, had to virtually start f [...]

    Yasmin
    Some say with figures from the past it is wise not to put 21st century values on people from the 19th to early 20th centuries Well I was born in the late 20th century Lady Astor as the author likes to mention, if not coming right out and saying so, was a modern woman What kind of modern woman was she She was apparently a control freak, she was manipulative, domineering, selfish, inconsiderate, callous, harsh, rude, but somewhere in her slight, frail body a kind heart and a sharp wit The examples [...]

    Daniel Kukwa
    A woman of contradictory ideologies, feelings, and ambitionsbut also a woman determined to be unstoppable, and liver her life as the most unique individual she could possibly be matter how insufferable this might be to those around her In this age of resurgent gender politics, the story of Nancy Astor make for fascinating readingd Adrian Fort s biography tells her story in a very engrossing manner Nancy Astor s story deserves to be remembered far than it is today, and this book goes a considera [...]

    Jo
    This book has taken me a month and to read although I have put it aside for chapters of other books during that time I was keen to learn of the life of the first woman MP who had set up the Virginia House Settlement in Plymouth, in whose buildings I now live I found the book turgid and Nancy Astor irritating She did so much of worth but her bullying behaviour of other people, including her own children, and the hurt she caused did not endear her to me I m glad to have read it but would have pr [...]

    T
    I never knew that this outspoken American was the first woman to serve in Parliament She worked ceaselessly on war efforts during both world wars, and also for women s rights What a character

    Stephanie Patterson
    Nancy Astor turns up in my reading all the time Her name comes up in almost any discussion of wartime England This is the first chance I ve had to read a full scale biography Astor is often erroneously identified as the first woman elected to the British Parliament She was indeed the first woman to sit in Parliament but not the first elected That honor belongs to a Sinn Fein candidate, Constance Markiewicz, a well born Irish woman who married a Polish count and became a revolutionary Not necessa [...]

    Kathleen
    A remarkable life although not always the best judgment shown in some ways But a great desire to serve and to make a difference in public affairs.

    Jo
    Chapters seemed somewhat disjointed One minute, you re reading about what she s doing in Parliament, the next, she s having a personal spat with someone or traveling here or there Suddenly, a death is mentioned, and if the reader is unfamiliar with who s who in her life, they re left scratching their head as to who this person even was and how the loss personally affected her.This biography didn t really flesh Nancy Astor out enough for me She was such a multifaceted, complex woman and I feel th [...]

    Sue Pit
    Upon reading about Winston Churchill, the name of Nancy Astor came up from time time as a parliamentarian When I saw this book on display, I then recalled the name but was a bit askance at reading about someone whom oft was at odds with Winston Churchill notably as an appeaser of Hitler pre WWII But bought it I did and it was an interesting read as to how an American woman from a southern family struggling from the effects of the Civil War became the first woman to sit in the House of Commons re [...]

    judy
    By page 162, I had to ask myself Why do I care The answer was I don t She an American was the first woman to take a seat in the British Parliament She did nothing significant while there and was, by no means, a feminist Apart from that, she was obscenely wealthy the mistress of Cliveden where all notable English citizens and vistors went to meet and exchange views and, she was noted for her beauty and sharp tongue Had she not had so much money she would have been called rude or worse probably wo [...]

    Robert
    Started off really well and then bogged down in the middle,picked up a little toward the end but overall rather disappointing Would have liked on the Astor family and her relationship with them rather than the politics Necessary to a degree but tedious after her initial entry to the British Parliament, where after her brave role as the first woman MP she rather lost the plot when other far competent women MPs joined the fray and should have got out Would have liked on Cliveden s and the Astor [...]

    Celeste Fritz
    This was our book club s selection, as there is a review event in January It was interesting learning how an American woman became the first female MP in Britain,but I didn t find Nancy to be a very like able person I also thought the author did a lot of name dropping of people big in U.K politics during the early 20th century This got to be Rey dull and confusing I enjoyed the story of Lady Almina .

    Lesley
    A biography of Lady Astor, first woman to take a seat in the House of Commons I was fascinated to learn of her early years and of her determined progress through life I think the book was a little too long, my interest started to wane by WW2 Nonetheless, a worthwhile read.

    Cory
    Couldn t finish.

    Julia Nixon
    The information in this biography was interesting and well researched, but the author s extremely long sentences seem, at times, to be choppy and hard to follow.

    Sharon
    Good read The author seemed to admire Nancy, but didn t hesitate to discuss her flaws, which made her seem real Subject matter fell nicely in line with what I just read in Fall of Giants.

    Susan
    This book was boring, boring, boring The author basically kept repeating the same facts about her over, and over, and over, and OVER again Couldn t finish

    Duncan M Simpson
    Enjoyable read, mainly for anyone interested in the life of Nancy Astor and politics in the run up to the second world war from a conservative perspective.

    Stephanie
    Good Book But I like dry history.

    Jan Daulton
    This is a great readfascinating woman of her time

    Sara Morgan
    Sometimes repetitive in descriptions of Nancy Astor, but I enjoyed the history lesson as well as learning about Nancy Astor and her remarkable life.

    Ellena Downes
    what an exceptional woman, she was a real personality and a driving force for change I don t think I necessarily would have been her friend or even liked her very much but this book was interesting

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