Malice in Wonderland: My Adventures in the World of Cecil Beaton (Hardback)
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Malice in Wonderland: My Adventures in the World of Cecil Beaton (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 13/05/2021
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Illuminating the glitterati of the post-war world from Princess Margaret to Grace Kelly, these extracts from Vickers’s diaries from his years spent researching his former employer, the notorious photographer Cecil Beaton, are a wickedly indulgent immersion in a now vanished world.

The witty and perceptive diaries kept by Cecil Beaton's authorised biographer during his many fascinating encounters with extraordinary - often legendary - characters in his search for the real Cecil Beaton.

Hugo Vickers's life took a dramatic turn in 1979 when the legendary Sir Cecil Beaton invited him to be his authorised biographer. The excitement of working with the famous photographer was dashed only days later when Cecil Beaton died. But the journey had begun - Vickers was entrusted with Beaton's papers, diaries and, most importantly, access to his friends and contemporaries. The resulting book, first published in 1985, was a bestseller.

In Malice in Wonderland, Vickers shares excerpts from his personal diaries kept during this period. For five years, Vickers travelled the world and talked to some of the most fascinating and important social and cultural figures of the time, including royalty such as the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret, film stars such as Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Julie Andrews, writers such as Truman Capote, and photographers such as Irving Penn and Horst. And not only Beaton's friends - Vickers sought out the enemies too, notably Irene Selznick. Lady Diana Cooper, Clarissa Avon and Diana Vreeland took him under their wings.

Drawn into Beaton's world and accepted by its members, Vickers the emerging biographer also began his own personal adventure. The outsider became the insider - Beaton's friends became his friends. Malice in Wonderland is a fascinating portrait of a now disappeared world, and vividly and sensitively portrays some of its most fascinating characters as we travel with Vickers on his quest.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781529338027
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 600 g
Dimensions: 236 x 162 x 34 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'I got as caught up in these distant but strangely evocative events as Vickers did ... delicious in its way, recreating a lost world' - Ysenda Maxtone Graham, The Times 

'Scintillating diaries' - The Daily Mail 

'A quite brilliant record of a fading social and artistic milieu ... a world to which Vickers is an unrivalled cicerone' - Matthew Sturgis, The Oldie 

'A ripping read ... [Vickers] has gathered unique knowledge and feeling for former social manners and morals; the ability to summon the "something in the air" of a recent but virtually forgotten past. It is described succinctly and unsentimentally in this book' - The Catholic Herald 

'Illuminating and brilliantly scurrilous' - Marcus Field, The Standard

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“Fascinating life of Cecil Beaton”

This book presents a fascinating glimpse into the life and times of Cecil Beaton. His work, his friends, from Hollywood starlets such as Greta Garbo to princes and paupers alike. The author invites you in to the... More

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“Recommended”

I requested this book as I'm a huge fan of Cecil Beaton as a photographer and wanted to know more about the men beyond the amazing photos.
It was an interesting read, I didn't know what to expect but I... More

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