The Surprising Life of Constance Spry: From Social Reformer to Society Florist

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A riveting new biography—the first in 30 years—of the influential floral artist and founder of the Cordon Bleu cooking school  "Dress by Schiaperelli, photographs by Cecil Beaton, flowers by Constance Spry—The decorator of the moment, the photographer of the moment, the florist of the moment—what 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 from a poverty-stricken childhood to running a hugely successful business as the florist of choice for the highest of high society, organizing the flowers for royal weddings and for the Queen's coronation. Along the way she escaped a violent marriage, had a lengthy affair with a cross-dressing lesbian artist, and built a hugely successful flower business—a pioneer for working women at a time when few women had careers. Sue Shephard tells her extraordinary story with insight, wit, and flair.

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About the Author:

Sue Shephard is the author of Pickled, Potted and Canned: The Story of Food Preserving, which won the André Simon Special Award, and Seeds of Fortune.

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"Makes you fall utterly in love with its subject. . . . Even if you’re not interested in flowers, such was Spry’s sure, clear vision, irrepressible liveliness, quickness of mind, and humanity, that flowers are neither here nor there."  —New York Times Style 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, author, Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman

"Fascinating . . . to be eagerly devoured."  —Clarissa Dickson-Wright, celebrity chef

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Descrizione libro Pan, 2010. Condizione libro: New. At the height of her fame Constance Spry (1886-1960) was commissioned to create floral displays for the 1953 Coronation procession; today she is still remembered for her books on cookery, gardening and flower arranging. This biography highlights the range of Spry's achievements, from her success in running a business at a time when few women had careers to her perfection of modernistic floral design. Codice libro della libreria 224934

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Descrizione libro Pan MacMillan, United Kingdom, 2011. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Unabridged. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. Codice libro della libreria AA79780330544221

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Descrizione libro Pan MacMillan, United Kingdom, 2011. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Unabridged edition. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. Codice libro della libreria AA79780330544221

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Descrizione libro Pan Macmillan. Paperback. Condizione libro: new. BRAND NEW, The Surprising Life of Constance Spry (Unabridged), Sue Shephard, '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. Codice libro della libreria B9780330544221

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