'Fascinating ...to be eagerly devoured' Clarissa Dickson-Wright Most people today, if they have heard of her, associate Constance Spry with the cookery book bearing her name.
But Connie was much, much more than the author of a bestselling cookery book.
She was deeply unconventional, extremely charming and very determined; Spry's life took her from the back streets of Victorian Derby to running a hugely successful business as the florist of choice for the highest of high society, organizing the flowers for royal weddings and indeed for the Queen's coronation.
She endured a violent first marriage, had a lesbian affair with a cross-dressing artist and was a pioneer for working women at a time when few women had careers.
Sue Shephard tells her extraordinary story with insight, wit and flair. 'Riveting.' Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall 'Makes you fall utterly in love with its subject' New York Times Magazine 'Reveals with the greatest skill and sympathy an extraordinary person - complicated, driven, sometimes secretive but gifted and artistic to an nth degree.
What a story.' Elizabeth Buchan
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages, Illustrations, ports.
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 06/05/2011
- Category: Biography: general
- ISBN: 9780330544221