Wild Mary: The Life of Mary Wesley.
London, Chatto & Windus. 2006, First Edition. (ISBN: 0701179910) Hard Cover with dust jacket. 289 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). B&w plates. "She was born Mary Farmar, related to the Duke of Wellington, and grew up a rebel who believed that she was her mother's least favourite child. Like many girls of her background, she married for escape. In the late 1930s, she began a fascination with Heinz Ziegler, a Czech university professor and wartime air gunner; his brother, Paul, later a Benedictine monk, also fell under her spell. At the outbreak of the Second World War she was, as she put it, 'roped into Intelligence', where she worked on breaking codes. MI5 and her rackety life during the Blitz eventually inspired her novels ('Jumping the Queue', 'The Camomile Lawn', 'Not That Sort of Girl', 'A Sensible Life', etc.), many of which were concerned with multiple wartime love affairs. She wrote about the atmosphere of the home front and how the imminence of death loosened inhibitions - her fiction was as sexy and as candid as she was herself. She drew on her eccentric friends and her love of Cornwall and the West Country, while the darkness of her novels was illuminated by a caustic sense of the ridiculous. Her style has been described as arsenic without the old lace. (This) is a remarkable book about a woman who was courageous, sensual, talented and ruthless. Readers will enjoy her story not only for its witty anecdotes and devastating one-liners, but also for the intimate portrait it builds of a multi-layered personality in which much was hidden." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, previous owner's place, date and signature on half-title page; light browning to edges of text block. Dust jacket has light wrinkling and wear at top.bottom of spine and flap-folds, some edge wrinkling - mainly along top edge. Very Good/Very Good.
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Keywords: Boskenna, Maurice Bowra, Winston Churchill, Emily Coleman, Lewis Clive, Katherine Davies, Dalby, Hugh Toby Swinfen Eady, Mynors Farmar, Alice Grenfell, Jan Masaryk, Melikof, Susan Scammell, Tessa Sayle, Betty Paynter, Bill Siepmann, Eric, Heinz Ziegler, M