Christmas at Hatchards: High Life

Old Homes, New Life

Clive Aslet and Dylan Thomas

£50

Whilst treasuring their long history and fragile beauty, a new generation of the aristocracy is adapting the British country house for the 21st century. With illuminating interviews by Clive Aslet and sumptuous photography by Dylan Thomas.

 

The Windsor Diaries: A Childhood with the Princesses

Alathea Fitzalan Howard

£25

The Windsor Diaries are a young girl’s account of her remarkable wartime friendship with Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret. Parties and balls, film evenings and picnics – and a unique portrayal of the Royal Family written with candour and grace.

 

Prince Philip Revealed: A Man of his Century

Ingrid Seward

£20

The Duke of Edinburgh has been a vital support to HM The Queen for more than seventy years and, in this splendid biography, he takes centre stage. From peripatetic childhood to a career in the Navy, from marriage and fatherhood to royal consort, this is an insight into Prince Philip’s world.

 

Diary of an MPs Wife: Inside and Outside Power

Sasha Swire

£20

Always revealing, sometimes indiscreet and, often, hilariously funny, Swire’s diary covers twenty years of local and national politics, the characters who come and go, and the dramatic ups-and-downs of everyday life in the British government. A fascinating insider’s account.

 

The Secret Life of the Savoy and the D’Oyly Carte Family

Olivia Williams

£20

Three pioneering generations of the D’Oyly Carte family conjoined the exuberance of the modern theatre with the management of a luxury hotel, so creating a cultural icon. From Wilde to Wodehouse, electric lighting to jazz. Oh, and a baby elephant on a birthday cake. Pure brilliance.

 

The Athenaeum: ‘More Than Just Another London Club’

Michael Wheeler

£35

Founded in 1824, the Athenaeum has always been different. Here, Wheeler tells the Club’s history by way of members’ influence in scientific, artistic and public life. A cast of characters from Charles Darwin to Yehudi Menuhin reveal a unique aspect of British culture.

 

Enid: The Scandalous High-society Life of the Formidable ‘Lady Killmore’

Robert Wainwright

£16.99

At six feet tall, with silver hair and turquoise eyes, it’s no surprise Enid Lindeman caused a stir as she walked her pet cheetah in Hyde Park. From ambulance driver in World War I to royal parties on the Riviera (and numerous lovers), this is a dazzling high-jinks biography of Lady Killmore.

 

To order any of these books, please telephone 020 7439 9921 or email books@hatchards.co.uk – we look forward to hearing from you!

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