Two lovely books this month.
Love the characters, the farce, the sense of place. A quick and engaging read. (I’d love to be the super-intelligent, creative Bernadette, but fear I’m more like the mothers she rails against. Oh, well, at least I’m self-aware!)
Here’s a quote to make you reflect:
The choice of private schools is both fear-based and aspirational. Mercedes Parents are afraid their children won’t get ‘the best education possible’ which has nothing to do with actual education and everything to do with the number of other Mercedes Parents at a school.
Sheila by Robert Wainwright tells the largely unknown tale of an amazing it girl. Mistress of our current Queen’s father (prior to his marriage to the Queen Mother), friend of the rich and famous, Sheila Chisholm was an Aussie sheila who led an amazing life of fashion, travel and frivolity mainly in London but also New York, Hollywood and the south of France for most of the early and middle twentieth century.
Wainwright has stitched together Sheila’s life from the writings, diaries and letters of many sources, as well as the many articles written about her when she graced the social pages of London’s newspapers. I loved how he sketched out the details of others in her life, including her best friend who was the mistress of the Prince of Wales, and through whom she met Albert (later King George VI).
Long and detailed, it is still a riveting read.