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Angela Lambert (1940–2007)

Author of The Lost Life of Eva Braun

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About the Author

Includes the names: Lambert Angela, lambertangelamaria


Works by Angela Lambert

The Lost Life of Eva Braun (2006) 202 copies, 5 reviews
No Talking After Lights (1990) 53 copies, 2 reviews
1939: The Last Season of Peace (1989) 47 copies, 3 reviews
A Rather English Marriage (1992) 30 copies
Kiss and Kin (1997) 26 copies
The Constant Mistress (1994) 23 copies
Golden Lads and Girls (1999) 21 copies
Jobs (All Change!) (2004) 12 copies
The Property of Rain (2001) 7 copies
Animals (All Change!) (2005) 6 copies
Food (All Change!) (2004) 5 copies
Byta kläder! Maskerad (2006) 2 copies

Associated Works

Granta 80: The Group (2002) — Contributor — 147 copies, 1 review
Victorian England (1887) — Contributor — 94 copies


Common Knowledge

Legal name
Helps Lambert, Angela Maria
Other names
Lambert, Angela
Date of death
Places of residence
London, England, UK
Dordogne, France
Oxford University(St Hilda's College)
Whispers School, Sussex, England, UK
art critic
Lambert, Martin (exhusband)
Vizinczey, Stephen (expartner)
Price, Tony (partner)
Caradoc King
Short biography
Angela Maria Helps was born on 14 April 1940, to a English civil servant and a German-born housewife. She wanted to be a writer from childhood. She read politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford. In 1962, she married Martin Lambert, they had a son a daughter, but the union ended five years later, when he left her with two young children to support. She also had other daughter with the Hungarian-born writer Stephen Vizinczey

In 1969, Angela began her career in journalism as an assistant editor at Modern Woman magazine, only to be sacked when she was pregnant. She later became a television journalist at ITN and then joined The Independent newspaper in 1988. She was the author of two volumes of British social history entitled Unquiet Souls: The Indian Summer of the British Aristocracy (1984), and 1939, The Last Season of Peace (1989). She also wrote seven novels, of which the best known was A Rather English Marriage (1992) which was later adapted for a television drama of the same title. Her last published work was a biography of Hitler’s mistress entitled The Lost Life of Eva Braun (2006). In 1998, her novel Kiss and Kin won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romantic Novelists' Association.

Angela suffered multiple immune disorders and hepatitis C (caught from a blood transfusion) which led to cirrhosis of the liver. Having survived a critical illness in February 2006, she never quite recovered, and became increasingly disabled. She lived in London and France (having bought a house in the Dordogne in 1972). She is survived by TV director Tony Price, her partner of 21 years, and by her son and two daughters.



Really good survey of the 1939 'Season' when debutantes entered Society. Using extensive research with survivors, Lamberty carefully sets out the background and then the events month by month from May onwards, against the backdrop of gathering war. Towards the end, WWII becomes the dominant theme. Lambert is sympathetic but not starry-eyed about her subject, and does not hesitate to add her own social opinions. Many verbatim quotations and stories, and plenty of detail about individual events and how it was all arranged. If you like social history relating to the upper classes, or aspects of 20th century history more generally, you will enjoy this book.… (more)
ponsonby | 2 other reviews | Jan 3, 2024 |
This book about the aristocratic group known as The Souls (and also to some extent 'The Coterie' made up mostly of their children) is quite good as long as it sticks to its subject. However it contains far too much about World War I - and worse, much of it is ignorant and baised, swallowing wholesale the received wisdom of the 1980s about the conduct of that war. Less about that and more actual informationn about the lives of individuals during that period would have been better.

Basic historical facts seem mostly okay (although at one point she claims that 1911 was in Edward VII's reign). It is with respect to the monarchy that the author's other major bias is to the fore; Queen Victoria gets off relatively lightly but Edward VII and George V are utterly condemned (albeit for opposing reasons), apparently to make those who are the author's subject matter shine more brightly.… (more)
ponsonby | 1 other review | Nov 25, 2023 |
An unusual novel, covering a term in a girls' boarding school in 1952 as seen from the perspective of pupils, staff and the headmistress. Some of the events are dramatic, others less so. The ending is somewhat abrupt. The book is unexpectedly adult in its frankness about the physical aspects of womanhood and growing towards it, and about the emotional consequences. Everything is credible, and the way the school's atmosphere and daily routine are evoked is very good.
ponsonby | 1 other review | Oct 27, 2023 |
Interesting and fairly compact history of the "debutante season" in the last spring and summer of peace, 1939. The author does a very good job of setting the stage as to what the season is all about and then, thanks to a number of interviews with surviving "debs," discusses that last season. Quite entertaining, and also a bit poignant, since even more so than in 1914, 1939 represented the vanishing of a whole way of life. Recommended.
EricCostello | 2 other reviews | Dec 4, 2019 |



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