A portrait of fashionable society at the height of an era, "The Edwardians" reveals, through the lives of its characters, all that was glamorous about the period--and all that was to lead to its downfall. Sebastian and Viola are children of the English aristocracy. Handsome and moody, 19-year-old Sebastian is heir to Chevron, a vast country estate. Tying him to his inheritance is a deep sense of tradition and love of the English countryside, but he loathes the cold, extravagant society of which he is a part. At 16, his sister Viola is more independent: an unfashionable beauty who scorns every part of her inheritance--most particularly that of womanhood. It is July 1905, and Chevron is once again the site of a lavish house party. The guests include the great beauty Lady Rochampton and the explorer Leonard Anquetil. It is Lady Rochampton who will initiate Sebastian in the art of love, but it is the Anquetil who opens for both brother and sister the gateway to another world.
*'Informative and always easy to read ... Hattersley has done a fine job Andrew Lycett, SUNDAY TIMES Well written and wide ranging book ... his account of the period is consistently enjoyable Piers Brendon, DAILY TELEGRAPH Hattersley makes a riveting case ... a bold, sweeping synthesis ... full of gleaming nuggets and offbeat points redolent of hours hunched over neglected papers. It is no surprise to readers of his journalism that it is superbly written, gleefully but wryly highlighting the absurdities and pomposities of the age ... Hattersley's prose flows smooth as the port at a Sandringham shooting party. What makes this book is not just the quality of its social and political analysis, but the breadth of detail and the quality of its gossipy anecdotes Colin Donald, HERALD [A] solid book ... Hattersley writes entertainingly ... He is a clear and vigorous writer Anne Chisholm, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
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Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 2nd March 1996
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.6 x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.22