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The Grit in the Pearl

The Scandalous Life of Margaret, Duchess of Argyll

By (author) Lyndsy Spence
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The History Press Ltd, Stroud, United Kingdom
Published: 11th Feb 2019
Dimensions: w 156mm h 234mm d 22mm
Weight: 550g
ISBN-10: 0750986999
ISBN-13: 9780750986991
Barcode No: 9780750986991
Synopsis
Margaret, Duchess of Argyll's life was one of complexity and controversy. Born Ethel Margaret Whigham, the only child of a Scottish self-made millionaire and a beautiful high-society woman, her childhood was rich and splendid - but empty. She was a daddy's girl with an absent father, living with a jealous mother who sought to remind Margaret of her every shortcoming. As she grew up, her name was a byword for class and beauty; she was the debutante of her coming-out year, and her marriage to Charles Sweeny literally stopped traffic. But it was not to last: Margaret needed more. What followed was a story of tragedy, scandal and heartbreak as Margaret swung from lover to lover, society to society. This culminated in her notorious divorce case of 1963, where her soon-to-be-ex-husband produced his pie`ce de resistance: a Polaroid of her in a compromising position with two other men. In The Grit in the Pearl, Lyndsy Spence takes a look at a woman who was ahead of her time. Using previously unpublished sources and personal transcripts, this is the story of a fragile woman who was to come up against the very highest echelons of English high society - and lose.

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