The Husband Hunters: American Heiresses Who Married into the British Aristocracy Audiobook, by Anne de Courcy Play Audiobook Sample

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Author: Anne de Courcy Narrator: Clare Corbett Publisher: Macmillan Audio Audio Length: Release Date: August 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781427297860

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The Husband Hunters is a deliciously told historical audiobook about the young, rich, American heiresses who married impoverished, British gentry at the turn of the twentieth century – The real women who inspired Downton Abbey

Towards the end of the nineteenth century and for the first few years of the twentieth, a strange invasion took place in Britain. The citadel of power, privilege and breeding in which the titled, land-owning governing class had barricaded itself for so long was breached. The incomers were a group of young women who, fifty years earlier, would have been looked on as the alien denizens of another world - the New World, to be precise. From 1874 - the year that Jennie Jerome, the first known ‘Dollar Princess’, married Randolph Churchill - to 1905, dozens of young American heiresses married into the British peerage, bringing with them all the fabulous wealth, glamour and sophistication of the Gilded Age.

Anne de Courcy sets the stories of these young women and their families in the context of their times. Based on extensive first-hand research, drawing on diaries, memoirs and letters, this richly entertaining group biography reveals what they thought of their new lives in England - and what England thought of them.

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  • “[De Courcy] gets in their heads and in their homes, exploring what life was like for them after their moves and the clash of cultures that ensued.”

    - Vanity Fair
  • “Witty and well researched, Anne de Courcy brings to colorful, dramatic life these dollar princesses whose vast fortunes propelled them to glittering trans-Atlantic marriages that captivated international society.”

    - Daisy Goodwin, New York Times bestselling author
  • “[The American heiresses] were brave. They were venturesome…they were just what was needed to shake the cocktail and bring some pizazz to the party. De Courcy conjures it all with skill.”

    - New York Times Book Review
  • “Anglophiles fascinated by the intricate tribal codes of the British upper classes will find plenty to feed their interest in this narrative.”

    - Boston Globe
  • “Cleverly researched, sparkling with diamonds and wickedly funny.”

    - Spectator (UK)
  • “The definitive account of the real-life buccaneers…De Courcy argues with conviction that it wasn’t simply about money. Englishmen found the dollar princesses irresistible and were drawn to their vitality, social ease and lack of stuffiness…De Courcy is excellent on the cultural clashes between the Americans and British.”

    - Times (London)


  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
  • A #1 bestseller in English History
  • A Spectator (UK) Pick of Books of the Year

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About the Author

Anne de Courcy is the author of many widely acclaimed works of social history and biography, including 1939: The Last Season, Margot at War, The Fishing Fleet, The Viceroy’s Daughters, and Debs at War. Her books Diana Mosley and Snowdon: The Biography became the bases for television documentaries, and The Husband Hunters has been optioned for a feature film.

About the Narrator

Clare Corbett, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, studied at the Welsh College of Music and Drama. After winning the Carlton Hobbs audition, she was chosen to be on BBC Radio. After leaving BBC she went on to narrate several children’s books, including Over the Moon, I Rule Dogsbottom School, and Boy Beware. She has transitioned into reading young adult novels, including many installments in the Doctor Who series.