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Título: Wild Mary: The Life Of Mary Wesley
Editorial: Chatto & Windus
Año de publicación: 2006
Condición del libro: Very Good
Condición de la sobrecubierta: Fair
Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author(s)
Edición: 1st Edition
Wild Mary. The life of Mary Wesley . Published by Chatto & Windus London. 1st edition Dated 2006 . Signed by author Patrick Marnham to the title page . The book has 289 pages. The book is in good condition For its age with just the very lightest of wear with age . The dust jacket does have a little wear with age. The boards are good , the pages are good with just a very light wear at the ends with age. The spine is good and strong . The endpapers are intact . In all a good book , and a very interesting read . I've took all the photo's possible for your perusal , should you have any questions , please feel free to ask , and I'll be more than happy to help . For a trial period of three months starting 22th December 2016, there will be free standard UK postage and Free standard worldwide postage on all books. N° de ref. de la librería ABE-17367190591
Mary Wesley published her first novel when she was 70 - and went on to write 9 more bestsellers before her death in 2002 at the age of 89.
Wesley was a pen-name, derived from the family name of Wellesley. She was born Mary Farmar, descended from the Duke of Wellington, and grew up a rebel who believed that she was her mother's least-favourite child. Like many girls of her background, she married for escape; but her first marriage(to Lord Swinfen) was conventional. Her second husband, Eric Siepmann, a writer who never managed to make any money at all, was feckless and bohemian. In between Swinfen and Siepmann, she had a love affair with Czech war-hero, Heinz Ziegler - and possibly with his brother at the same time; and in her later years enjoyed a torrid relationship with Robert Bolt.
At the outbreak of the Second World War she was, as she put it, 'roped into intelligence', where she worked on breaking codes. Her experiences in MI 5 and her many wartime love affairs, which form the core of this biography, also formed the cores of her novels. She wrote about the atmosphere of the home front, and how war dislocates families, and how a sense of the imminence of death loosens the inhibitions - her novels are sexy and witty. She also drew on her love and knowledge of Cornwall.
"Much of the fascination of Marnham's well-researched and admirably impartial book is that it reveals just how autobiographical Wesley's fiction was" (Miranda Seymour Sunday Times)
"[A] fast-paced riveting biography" (Valerie Grove The Times)
"A striking portrait not only of an amazing, if strange, woman but of an entire social class" (Rachel Cooke Evening Standard)
"Unpicks the complicated web of deceits and half-truths that surrounded much of her life with wit, patience and skill, providing just the sort of compelling read that Wesley did in her novel" ( Independent)
"This biography is pure pleasure, a riveting, hilarious tragicomedy of manners...Marnham has disentangled truth from rumour, clarified the many connections between Wild Mary's rackety life and Mary Wesley's fiction, and produced a generous, unsentimental and intelligent portrait of a woman's life and times" ( Spectator)
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