Bronwen Astor: Her Life and Times

3.17 avg rating
( 6 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780006388593: Bronwen Astor: Her Life and Times

For the first time since the Profumo scandal of the 1960s, the Astors' own version of the events at Cliveden is told. Peter Stanford has been granted unprecedented access to Lady Astor, her private papers and her friends, as well as to many family members and key players in the drama. When Bronwen Pugh married into the celebrated Astor clan in 1960, she seemed to have the world at her feet. She was media darling, BBC television presenter, the most celebrated model of her generation, and, after her marriage to millionaire Bill Astor, mistress of Cliveden. Three years later her world was turned upside down by the Profumo scandal. Cliveden - with its famous guests, lavish parties and spectacular setting - was alleged to be at the centre of an international web of sexual debauchery and espionage which ultimately brought down Prime Minister Harold Macmillan. Bronwen lost everything in the scandal: husband, home, friends and her good name. Bill Astor was accused of being a louche playboy and an unfaithful husband, Bronwen as little better than Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice-Davies, the two escort girls at the centre of the scandal. Bill Astor never recovered, and he died in 1966 of a broken heart. The reversal of fortune for Bronwen Astor was immense, and in charting her private agony behind the public disgrace, Peter Stanford has written a fascinating and moving story of a remarkable and resilient woman.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Publisher:

When Bronwen Pugh married into the illustrious Astor clan in 1960, she seemed to have the world at her feet. A successful BBC media figure and the most famous model of her generation, she then became mistress of Cliveden, the Italianate mansion that her mother–in–law, Nancy Astor, had made famous with her political salons. Yet within three years of her marriage to Bill Astor, Bronwen’s world was turned upside down by the Profumo scandal. Cliveden, it was alleged, was at the center of an international web of sexual debauchery and espionage that ultimately brought down Prime Minister Harold Macmillan. In recording the private agony behind the public disgrace, Peter Stanford was granted unprecedented access to both Lady Astor and her papers. The result is a skillful illumination of an extraordinary life. Peter Stanford’s previous books include The Legend of Pope Joan and The Devil: A Biography.

About the Author:

Peter Stanford's previous books include biographies of Lord Longford, Cardinal Basil Hume and the Devil. He has written an investigation of the Pope Joan legend and a polemical book, Catholics and Sex, which accompanied a Channel 4 television series. He contributes regularly to the Guardian and Sunday Telegraph and New Statesman. A regular broadcaster, he is also chairman of the national disability charity ASPIRE.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Stanford, Peter
Published by HarperCollins (2001)
ISBN 10: 0006388590 ISBN 13: 9780006388593
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Reuseabook
(Stroud, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: Used; Very Good. Dispatched, from the UK, within 48 hours of ordering. Though second-hand, the book is still in very good shape. Minimal signs of usage may include very minor creasing on the cover or on the spine. Bookseller Inventory # CHL1380874

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
2.30
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 1.75
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Stanford, Peter
Published by Harpercollins Pub Ltd
ISBN 10: 0006388590 ISBN 13: 9780006388593
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Free State Books
(Halethorpe, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harpercollins Pub Ltd. Paperback. Book Condition: As New. This copy appears to be in nearly new condition. Bookseller Inventory # G0006388590I2N00

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
4.23
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Peter Stanford
Published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (2001)
ISBN 10: 0006388590 ISBN 13: 9780006388593
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Goldstone Books
(Ammanford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. All orders are dispatched the following working day from our UK warehouse. Established in 2004, we have over 500,000 books in stock. No quibble refund if not completely satisfied. Bookseller Inventory # mon0002656489

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
0.78
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 4.25
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Stanford, Peter
Published by Harpercollins Pub Ltd
ISBN 10: 0006388590 ISBN 13: 9780006388593
Used Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Kennys Bookstore
(Olney, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harpercollins Pub Ltd. Book Condition: Very Good. 2001. Paperback. Some light shelf wear but remains very good. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # KIN0012918

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
5.26
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Stanford, Peter
Published by HarperCollins (2001)
ISBN 10: 0006388590 ISBN 13: 9780006388593
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Brit Books
(Milton Keynes, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: Used; Good. Bookseller Inventory # 972641

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
2.80
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.71
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Peter Stanford
Published by HarperCollins (2001)
ISBN 10: 0006388590 ISBN 13: 9780006388593
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Greener Books
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: Used; Good. **SHIPPED FROM UK** We believe you will be completely satisfied with our quick and reliable service. All orders are dispatched as swiftly as possible! Buy with confidence!. Bookseller Inventory # mon0001391873

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
2.80
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.74
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Peter Stanford
Published by HarperCollins (2001)
ISBN 10: 0006388590 ISBN 13: 9780006388593
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
AwesomeBooks
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Bronwen Astor: Her Life and Times This book is in good or better condition. It has no tears to the pages and no pages will be missing from the book. The spine of the book is still in great condition and the front cover is generally unmarked. It has signs of previous use but overall is in really nice, tight condition. Shipping is normally same day from our UK warehouse. We offer a money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. Bookseller Inventory # 9053-9780006388593

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
2.80
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.20
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Peter Stanford
Published by HarperCollins 19/02/2001 (2001)
ISBN 10: 0006388590 ISBN 13: 9780006388593
Used Quantity Available: 2
Seller
Fun_Meister
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins 19/02/2001, 2001. Book Condition: used-good. Will be shipped promptly from UK warehouse. Book is in good condition with no missing pages, no damage or soiling and tight spine. There may be some dog-eared pages showing previous use but overall a great book. Bookseller Inventory # 9053-9780006388593

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
2.80
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.20
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Stanford, Peter
Published by Harpercollins Pub Ltd (2001)
ISBN 10: 0006388590 ISBN 13: 9780006388593
Used Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harpercollins Pub Ltd, 2001. Book Condition: Very Good. 2001. Paperback. Some light shelf wear but remains very good. . . . . Bookseller Inventory # KIN0012918

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
6.14
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From Ireland to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Peter Stanford
Published by HarperCollins 19/02/2001 (2001)
ISBN 10: 0006388590 ISBN 13: 9780006388593
Used Quantity Available: 1
Seller
AwesomeBooks
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins 19/02/2001, 2001. Book Condition: used-good. - GREAT BOOK IN GOOD OR BETTER CONDITION, NORMALLY SENT SAME DAY FROM WAREHOUSE. Bookseller Inventory # 7719-9780006388593

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
2.97
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.20
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book