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Margot at War: Love and Betrayal in Downing…

Margot at War: Love and Betrayal in Downing Street, 1912-1916 (2014)

by Anne De Courcy

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Nothing like it had ever been seen in No. 10 Downing Street before.
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MARGOT ASQUITH - perhaps the most daring, stylish and unconventional Prime Minister's wife in British history - transformed  10 Downing Street into a glittering social and intellectual salon. Yet her last five years at No. 10 were a period of intense emotional and political turmoil.

Drawing on unpublished material from personal papers and diaries, Anne de Courcy vividly recreates this extraordinary time when the Prime Minister's residence was run like a an English country house, with love letters written in the Cabinet Room, and gossip and state secrets exchanged over the bridge table. By 1916, when Asquith was forced out of office, everything had changed: for the country, for those in power and for a whole stratum of society. Margot at War is an unforgettable story of passion and betrayal at the heart of government at the beginning of the First World War.
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At the heart of this book is a torturous human drama. A powerful but shy man only recently remarried fell desperately in love with his daughter's best friend, while his jealous daughter did her best to come between her father and her glamorous, emotional stepmother. The fact that the man at the centre of this drama was the Prime Minister and that it was taking place against some of the most momentous times in modern British history only makes this story all the more remarkable.… (more)

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