The Mistress of Mayfair : Men, Money and the Marriage of Doris Delevingne
by Lyndsy Spence
Editor: The History Press Ltd
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The plot may have been inspired by Evelyn Waugh’s Vile organs, but unlike Waugh’s novel – which parodies the era of the “Bright Young Things” – Mayfair’s mistress is a true story of scandal, greed, corruption and promiscuity in the middle of the 1920s and 30s high society, focusing on the cunning, worldly volunteer Doris DelevingMarrying each other in pursuit of the good things of life, their improbable union was tumultuous from the off, shaken by business (with a whole series of figures from society, including Cecil Beaton, Diana Mitford and Winston Churchill, among others) on both sides, and degenerated into a more bitter and more spoken London one divorce about, battlesIn this convincing new book, Lyndsy Spence follows the rise and fall of their relationship, exploring their decadent society lives in detail revealing and offering a new insight into some of the most prominent figures of the mid-twentieth century.
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