Pat Cavendish O'Neil was born into a world of enormous riches, eccentricity and intrigue. Her mother, Enid Lindeman of the Australian wine family, was a famous beauty who married four times. Two husbands were millionaires, two had titles and none lived long. Somerset Maugham jokingly dubbed his dazzling friend Enid Lady Killmore but others, including Vanity Fair magazine, were less kind.
Here Pat tells the story of her charmed life among the glittering names of the twentieth century - Woolworths heiress Barbara Hutton, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Gianni Agnelli, Princess Grace and the Hollywood crowd - and the day everything changed for her, when a lover in Africa presented her with a tiny lion cub and she entered a world more magical and inspiring than anything she had known before.