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    • The Husband Hunters

    • American Heiresses Who Married into the British Aristocracy
    • By: Anne de Courcy
    • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
    • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 41

    Towards the end of the 19th century and for the first few years of the 20th, a strange invasion took place in Britain. The citadel of power, privilege, and breeding in which the titled, land-owning governing class had barricaded itself for so long was breached. The incomers were a group of young women who, 50 years earlier, would have been looked on as the alien denizens of another world - the New World, to be precise. From 1874 - the year that Jennie Jerome, the first known "Dollar Princess", married Randolph Churchill - to 1905, dozens of young American heiresses married into the British peerage....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very interesting and well read!

    • By Raven on 09-01-18

    Regular price: $32.19

    • The Husband Hunters

    • Social Climbing in London and New York
    • By: Anne de Courcy
    • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
    • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 2
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    Dozens of young American heiresses married into the British peerage, bringing with them all the fabulous wealth, glamour and sophistication of the Gilded Age. Anne de Courcy sets the stories of these young women and their families in the context of their times. Based on extensive firsthand research, drawing on diaries, memoirs and letters, this richly entertaining group biography reveals what they thought of their new lives in England - and what England thought of them.

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Margot at War

    • Love and Betrayal in Downing Street, 1912-1916
    • By: Anne de Courcy
    • Narrated by: Patricia Gallimore
    • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3 out of 5 stars 4
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      4 out of 5 stars 4
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      3 out of 5 stars 4

    Margot Asquith was perhaps the most daring and unconventional Prime Minister's wife in British history. Known for her wit, style and habit of speaking her mind, she transformed 10 Downing Street into a glittering social and intellectual salon. Yet her last five years at Number 10 were a period of intense emotional and political turmoil in her private and public life.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Could have been better

    • By Marilyn on 02-03-18

    Regular price: $25.81

    • The Fishing Fleet

    • Husband-Hunting in the Raj
    • By: Anne de Courcy
    • Narrated by: Greta Scacchi
    • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 6

    From the late 19th century, when the Raj was at its height, many of Britain's best and brightest young men went out to India to work as administrators, soldiers, and businessmen. With the advent of steam travel and the opening of the Suez Canal, countless young women, suffering at the lack of eligible men in Britain, followed in their wake. This amorphous band was composed of daughters returning after their English education, girls invited to stay with married sisters or friends, and yet others whose declared or undeclared goal was simply to find a husband.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sundowners, evening dresses and engagements

    • By Neil Chisholm on 06-26-13

    Regular price: $25.81

    • The Viceroy's Daughters

    • By: Anne de Courcy
    • Narrated by: Sara Coward
    • Length: 17 hrs
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    The sisters saw British fascism from behind the scenes and had an equally intimate view of the arrival of Wallis Simpson and the marriage and life of the Windsors. Based on unpublished letters and diaries, this is a wonderfully revealing portrait of British upper-class life during the first half of the 20th century.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • fascinating from start to finish

    • By Robyn on 04-16-13

    Regular price: $35.52