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Blue Eyes and a Wild Spirit

A Life of Dorothy Wellesley

Jane Wellesley

Blue Eyes and a Wild Spirit by Jane Wellesley

Dorothy Wellesley was a poet, gardener, traveller and heiress; she was also bisexual and a rebel. She became the lover of Vita Sackville-West, wrecking her marriage to the Duke of Wellington. She was the intimate friend of W.B. Yeats in his final years. On the fringes of the Bloomsbury Group, she had a unique view of these iconic writers and artists.

The biography draws on unpublished material, including private Wellesley family papers and hitherto unknown source materials. This is a riveting story of a complex and fascinating woman.

RRP: £30
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781914518232
Publication Date: 08/06/2023
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Jane Wellesley
Jane Wellesley is a writer and producer and the granddaughter of Dorothy Wellesley. Her first book, Wellington: A Journey Through My Family was published to critical acclaim in 2008. She...


‘A tender, warm biography... A story for our times.’

The Independent

‘A fascinating, reckless and maverick member of one of the nation’s most famous families.’

Alexandra Shulman

‘An extraordinary woman, an extraordinary life. This is an engaging study – a treat of a book.’

Helen Fielding