Margot at War
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At the heart of this book is a torturous human drama. A powerful but shy man only recently remarried fell desperately in love with his daughter's best friend, while his jealous daughter did her best to come between her father and her glamorous, emotional stepmother. The fact that the man at the centre of this drama was the Prime Minister and that it was taking place against some of the most momentous times in modern British history only makes this story all the more remarkable. Anne de Courcy reveals the extraordinary love triangle that took place behind the scenes at Downing Street during the First World War. Her book opens in 1912: with the daring, unconventional Margot Asquith at its helm, the prime minister's residence had transformed into a glittering social and intellectual salon. This was a time when Downing Street was still run like an English country house, with daily lunch parties where political talk was banned. But in 1912 rumblings of discontent and reform began to intrude on the scene (quite literally, when Suffragettes threw bricks through the windows). The outbreak of the First World War only heightened tensions within Downing Street, with Asquith often spending cabinet meetings scribbling love letters to his beloved Venetia Stanley. By 1915, of course, when the book ends, everything had changed - for the country as a whole, for those in power, for a whole stratum of society and especially for the characters at the heart of this book. The prism of Downing Street in these four short years offers a fascinating and unique Suffragette vantage point on the social history of the First World War.