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Surprising Life of Constance Spry

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Title: Surprising Life of Constance Spry
Author: Shephard, Sue
ISBN: 9780330544221
Publisher: Pan Books
Published: 2011
Binding: Quality
Language: English
Condition: Used: Good
Moderate edge wear. Binding good. May have marking in text. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We sometimes source from libraries. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.

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Publisher Description:
A riveting new biographythe first in 30 yearsof the influential floral artist and founder of the Cordon Bleu cooking school ""Dress by Schiaperelli, photographs by Cecil Beaton, flowers by Constance SpryThe decorator of the moment, the photographer of the moment, the florist of the momentwhat more could you ask?"" Thus "Vogue "magazine described the wedding in 1937 of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, but most people today, if they have heard of her, associate Constance Spry with the cookbook bearing her name. But Connie was much, much more than the author of a bestselling cookbook. She was deeply unconventional, extremely charming, and very determined; Spry's life took her froma poverty-stricken childhoodto running a hugely successful business as the florist of choice for the highest of high society, organizing the flowers for royal weddings andfor the Queen's coronation.Along the way sheescaped a violent marriage, had a lengthy affair with a cross-dressing lesbian artist, and built a hugely successful flower businessa pioneer for working women at a time when few women had careers. Sue Shephard tells her extraordinary story with insight, wit, and flair. "