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The Surprising Life of Constance Spry, Paperback / softback Book

The Surprising Life of Constance Spry Paperback / softback


'Fascinating ... to be eagerly devoured' Clarissa Dickson-Wright Most people today, if they have heard of her, associate Constance Spry with the cookery book bearing her name.

But Connie was much, much more than the author of a bestselling cookery book.

She was deeply unconventional, extremely charming and very determined; Spry's life took her from the back streets of Victorian Derby to running a hugely successful business as the florist of choice for the highest of high society, organizing the flowers for royal weddings and indeed for the Queen's coronation.

She endured a violent first marriage, had a lesbian affair with a cross-dressing artist and was a pioneer for working women at a time when few women had careers.

Sue Shephard tells her extraordinary story with insight, wit and flair. 'Riveting.' Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall `Makes you fall utterly in love with its subject' New York Times Magazine `Reveals with the greatest skill and sympathy an extraordinary person - complicated, driven, sometimes secretive but gifted and artistic to an nth degree.

What a story.' Elizabeth Buchan


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
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  • Category: Biography: general
  • ISBN: 9780330544221

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