Wild Mary by Patrick Marnham

About the book

Mary Wesley published her first novel at seventy and went on to write a further nine bestsellers, including the legendary The Camomile Lawn, in a style best described as arsenic without the old lace. Many of her stories were inspired by her experiences during the Blitz, and by her marriages: the first to an aristocrat, a brief and conventional affair, and the second to a penniless writer she adored. A remarkable book about a remarkable woman, Patrick Marnham’s brilliantly researched and wonderfully impartial book disentangles truth from rumour, highlighting the links between Wesley’s real life and her fiction.

 

Reviewed by Itchen

“This biography about the author Mary Wesley was enjoyed by most of the group. Everyone had a different opinion as to how she lived her life and how well it was written. An excellent book for a group to discuss

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