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An Unlikely Countess - Lily Budge and the 13th Earl of Galloway (Hardcover): Louise Carpenter
An Unlikely Countess - Lily Budge and the 13th Earl of Galloway (Hardcover): Louise Carpenter

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An Unlikely Countess - Lily Budge and the 13th Earl of Galloway (Hardcover)

Louise Carpenter

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As a small child Lily Budge dreamt of escaping from small-town life, crippling poverty and her terrifying mother. But even she could not have predicted that after two failed marriages, four children and several more or less successful ventures to earn a living she would become Lady Galloway, the wife of the 13th Earl of Galloway. But Lily's life didn't become any easier: her husband, 12 years her junior, suffered from psychological problems. After an emotionally restrained childhood, his parents thought him mentally ill and forced him to undergo a lobotomy. When he met Lily he felt drawn to her and her caring nature, and they married shortly after. Lily was reviled by his family as a fortune-hunter, and the ensuing family feud provided newspaper headlines for years to come. Written with great sensitivity and understanding this is a touching, but humorous account of an unusual, eccentric and deeply compassionate woman. (Kirkus UK)
A vivid and moving portrait of the inimitable Lily Budge, who overcame poverty and class divide to become the 13th Countess of Galloway, and one of Scotland's most colourful eccentrics In 1916, Lily Miller was born into a working class family in Duns, in the Borders region of Scotland. She became determined to escape, both from the small town gossip and from her terrifying mother, who thought Lily was born only to serve. Lily could not have predicted that her flight would eventually lead her to the heart of the Scottish establishment. Her spirited, eccentric and at times self-destructive nature shaped every decision she made, and her life became increasingly rackety. In 1975, living in Edinburgh as a self-styled dealer in porcelain dolls, with two failed marriages and four sons (one adopted) to her name, not to mention posts as a housekeeper and a boarding house owner, she met Randolph Stewart, the future 13th Earl of Galloway. On the surface, Randolph's aristocratic childhood could not have seemed more different. His was a world of great privilege, emotional restraint and overwhelming expectation. As an adolescent he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and, as a young man, lobotomised. Much of the rest of his life had been spent hidden away, either in a mental institution or with a religious order of monks. But a curious bond formed between Lily and Randolph, and marriage followed, beginning a deep family feud that was played out in newspaper headlines. Was such a union doomed to failure? An Unlikely Countess is a masterpiece of storytelling and biography, teeming with historical detail and famous names. Louise Carpenter has brought to life not only two extraordinary characters in Lily and Randolph, but also the worlds in which they moved, with sensitivity, humour and expert observation. Her affection for her subjects is matched by a wry awareness of their idiosyncrasies, and the rich backdrop she paints serves as a vibrant portrait of twentieth-century Scotland.


Imprint: HarperCollinsPublishers
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: August 2004
First published: October 2006
Authors: Louise Carpenter
Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 33mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 304
ISBN-13: 978-0-00-710880-0
Barcode: 9780007108800
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Biography & autobiography > Historical, political & military
Books > Biography > Historical, political & military
LSN: 0-00-710880-X

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