Book Review – The Viceroys Daughters by Anne De Courcy

Last week I wrote my first book review in a very long time. I reviewed Young Elizabeth by Kate Williams and mentioned that I’ve been reading a lot of history books recently. I love reading about women from the past, how they lived their lives and how society treated them differently to how we do today.

The Viceroy's Daughters Book ReviewOne of the books I read recently was The Viceroy’s Daughters by Anne De Courcy. The book tells the life stories of the three daughters of Lord Curzon, who is best known as being the Viceroy of India. The book mainly focusses on the events of the 20s, 30s and 40s. The sisters were key players in the London social scene and are absolutely fascinating to read about.

The viceroys dughters Back of BookHaving read quite a few books on the Mitfords it was nice to visit a new family and learn all about a new set of sisters. I am really interested in reading about the upper classes in the early 20th century. It was a time of great political turmoil and like the Mitford sisters, politics plays a large part in the lives of the Curzon sisters, especially Cimmie who was even an MP at one point.

The Viceroys Daughters Book ReviewCimmie, Irene and Baba are all really interesting women. Cynthia Curzon (Cimmie) was married to Oswald Mosely the leader of The British Union of Facsists, before her death and his later marriage to Diana Mitford. It is so interesting to see how the politics of many British aristocrats became so extreme and how many admired and related to Germany, Hitler and the Third Reich. Also reading about Diana Mosely (Mitford) from a different point of view was a huge highlight of the book.

Book Review The Viceroy's DaughtersThe book starts by going into detail about the life of their father and you do have to wait a while before you read much about the sisters. Their fathers personal and political life is also a very interesting read. He held many positions of power and was also nearly became Prime Minister. His relationships after his wife’s death are complex with both his mistress, second wife and his daughters.

The Viceroys Daughters by Anne De CourcyThe book follows the daughters and the key people in their lives through many personal and social changes and for anyone with an interest in the early 20th century, it really is a fascinating read. The book also goes into huge detail on the lives of Edward VIII and Wallace Simpson, who were good friends with Baba’s husband. The events surrounding the abdication and their marriage were such a huge part of British history and seeing them in this intimate light is completely engrossing.

The Viceroy's Daughters The Curzon SistersThe book is beautifully written and extremely well researched. The author delves into personal letters and diaries, many of which are quoted heavily throughout the book. Having not known anything about the sisters before picking up the book, I felt like I knew them personally by the time I had finished.

The Viceroys Daughters SpineIf you love social history and enjoy reading about the lives of women in the past, then you will almost definitely enjoy this book. I feel like I learned a lot from it and it painted such a clear picture of the era, that it was like stepping back in time. I am currently reading another book by Anne De Courcy, which I will be reviewing as soon as I’ve finished it.

The Viceroys Daughter The Lives of the Curzon SistersBuy the book on Amazon.

As usual, keep your book recommendations coming. I’ve had so many since my last review, that my wish-list is getting very long on Amazon.

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3 Comments

  1. swiveltam July 16, 2016 / 9:50 pm

    Cool! Thanks for the recommendation. Just the eras I like to read and write about! I’ll add it to my list as well! Cheers and Happy Reading!

  2. Sarah July 17, 2016 / 8:58 am

    I’ve really enjoyed reading your book reviews, and in fact have just added this book to my Amazon wish list, so thank you! I’m going to offer you a recommendation in return! ‘Flappers’ by Judith Mackrell offers a fascinating insight into those wonderful rule-breaking 1920s gals. As one who would gladly leap back in time, I lapped up the biographies of flappers such as Talullah Bankhead, Diana Cooper and Nancy Cunard. Well worth a read!!

  3. Jessica Cangiano July 17, 2016 / 9:45 pm

    What beautiful images to highlight an equally lovely book review.

    xoxo ♥ Jessica

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