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The Amazing Mrs Livesey : The Remarkable Story of Australia's Greatest Imposter - Freda Marnie Nicholls

The Amazing Mrs Livesey

The Remarkable Story of Australia's Greatest Imposter

Paperback Published: 1st March 2016
ISBN: 9781760290146
Number Of Pages: 320

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The truly remarkable life of the notorious Ethel Livesey, a serial fraudster and confidence trickster who became a media sensation after she ran out on her society wedding in 1945 and was later arrested for obtained goods by false pretences.

Ethel Livesey was quite a gal.

An attractive young woman from a respectable middle-class family in Manchester, she had over 40 aliases, eight official marriages, four children and five divorces. Her story stretches from industrial England to the French Riviera, from Ireland to New York, Shanghai, New Zealand, the Isle of Man and across Australia. Ethel claimed she was a cotton heiress, wartime nurse, casino hostess, stowaway, artist, opera singer, gambler, spy, close friend of the King, air raid warden, charity queen and even wife of Australian test cricketer Jack Fingleton.

When her career imploded (with the abandonment of her glittering society marriage in post-war Sydney just two hours before the guests were due to arrive), the story of the Amazing Mrs Livesey was blazoned across newspapers around the world. But what was fact and what was fiction?

With a prologue by Ethel Livesey's granddaughter, this extraordinary and constantly surprising story of the woman who was possibly Australia’s greatest fraudster is told for the first time in rich and fascinating detail.

About the Author

Freda Marnie Nicholls lives and works on her husband's family farm in Gundagai in southern New South Wales. She was a rural journalist for fourteen years during which time she had the pleasure of interviewing many interesting people. She believes that everyone has a story.

Industry Reviews

This is one of those yarns from Australian history that makes you wonder why a film hasn't been made about it... it is a lively retelling of the tale that should have producers knocking on Nicholls's door soon. * Daily Telegraph (Sydney) *
It's an entertaining story with attention to detail - explained in the author's notes at the end of the book as 'factional history', real and imagined people and events woven together. It seems an enterprise worthy of Mrs Livesey herself. * Herald Sun *


1 Miss Swindells

2 Mrs Carter

3 Mrs Taylor

4 Mrs Smith

5 Mrs Ward

6 Mrs Lee

7 Mrs Spurgess

8 Mrs Giblett

9 Mrs Hourn

10 Mrs Anderson

11 Mrs Baker

12 Mrs Thompson & Gloria Grey

13 Mrs Gardiner

14 The Drapery Affair & Nurse Florence Anderson

15 Miss Hordern

16 Mrs Ann Derson

17 Miss Turner

18 Lady Betty Balfour

19 Miss Harvey

20 Mrs Coradine

21 Mrs Livesey

22 The Falcon Cliff Hotel

23 Ivydene

24 Fortune Taken to Australia

25 Mr Beech & The Wedding of the Century

26 Police Want to Question Heiress

27 Society Woman Arrested!

28 Mrs Livesey Missing

29 Mrs Percy

30 Up on the Big Screen

31 Thousands Wait to See Mrs Livesey

32 Going for Broke

33 Mrs Livesey Again Missing

34 Where Did All the Money Go?

35 Going After the Lawyers

36 The Crocodile-Skin Case

37 Mrs Livesey Explains

38 Mrs Nan Glover

39 Mrs Ethel Nelson


Author's Note and Acknowledgments

ISBN: 9781760290146
ISBN-10: 1760290149
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st March 2016
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.44

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