W&N History Hb / ETPb June £20.00 / £14.99 368pp 978 1 474 60143 6 / 978 1 474 60144 3 ebook: £20.00 / 978 1 474 60146 7 Audio: £19.99 / 978 1 4091 7049 5 / 10 hours
‘brilliantly researched, skilfully constructed and full of delights’ – Sunday Telegraph on The Fishing Fleet
ANNE DE COURCY Husband-Hunters a sparkling social history of the ‘Dollar Princesses’, the young american heiresses who married into the English aristocracy.
Towards the end of the nineteenth century and for the first few years of the twentieth, a strange invasion took place in britain. From 1874 to 1905, dozens of young American heiresses married into the british peerage, bringing with them all the fabulous wealth, glamour and sophistication of the Gilded Age. based on extensive first-hand research, drawing on diaries, memoirs and letters, this richly entertaining group biography by Anne de Courcy reveals what these ‘Dollar Princesses’ thought of their new lives in England – and what England thought of them.
Praise for The Fishing Fleet:
‘anne de Courcy combines the perseverance of a social historian with the panache of a novelist’ The Times
‘anne de Courcy's sparkling book is an unalloyed delight’ The Lady
‘a fascinating and evocatively told history, which summons both the exoticism of india under British rule and the lives and characters of the women who risked all for a husband’ Financial Times
‘Compulsively readable, and immaculately researched popular social history at its very best’ Mail on Sunday anne de Courcy is the author of thirteen widely acclaimed works of social history and biography, including Margot at War, The Fishing Fleet (a Sunday Times bestseller), The Viceroy’s Daughters and Debs at War.
Location: London, SW3 Available for interview www.annedecourcy.co.uk
W&N Non-fiction • June 2017