- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: John Murray Publishers (March 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0719566819
- ISBN-13: 978-0719566813
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.3 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,087,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Born in 1953, Michael Bloch read law at St John's College, Cambridge, and was called to the bar by the Inner Temple. He worked for Maitre Suzanne Blum, the Parisian lawyer of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and wrote six books about the couple. His other subjects include Hitler's foreign minister Ribbentrop, F. M. Alexander (founder of the Alexander Technique) and the politician Jeremy Thorpe. He met James Lees-Milne in 1979, became his literary executor on his death in 1997, has edited the final five volumes of his diary and is currently writing his biography.
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Anyone who has an interest in the great country houses of England and the society that attended them should read this fine book and its two companion volumes.
The illuminating sketches that capture fleeting moments with such people as G.B. Shaw, Bernard Berenson, and Winston Churchill are estimable.
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