Heiresses – The Lives of the Million Dollar Babies
Venue: Public Hall
15 Sep 2021 10:00 am
We’ve all fantasied about what we’d do if we inherited a fortune, but what would life be like if that actually happened? Laura Thompson is author of several critically acclaimed books, including The Dogs: A Personal History of Greyhound Racing which won the Somerset Maugham Award, and the New York Times bestselling Take Six Girls: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters. In her latest razor-sharp survey of the world of the wealthy heiress, she explores the lives of women from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries including Elizabeth Sloan whose father owned the land that is now Chelsea; Winnaretta Singer, inheritor of the sewing-machine fortune, whose salon in Paris showcased work by great composers, and Alice Silverthorne who walked her black panther along the Promenade in Nice. ‘Life is less sad with money,’ said one heiress. Laura will ask if that really is the truth.
Talking to Tim Hubbard
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