Linda Hart

Dorothy Parker: Men, Misery and Mirth

17 May
2:30 pm
Chalfont St Giles Parish Church


£ 9.00 GBP

Free Event - Ticket required

Men, Misery and Mirth

From 1915 to 1960 Dorothy Parker created poems, plays, short stories, book review, theatre reviews, screenplays and essays that are still read, reprinted and quoted today. She loved her native New York City, where she spent most of her time writing, theatre-going, drinking, partying and having affairs. As a born rebel with a wicked sense of humour, she used words to ridicule human foibles and satirise social conventions. 

In this one-woman performance Linda will read from Parker’s poetry and prose and talk about her relationships with men, her struggle with depression, her three marriages and her left-wing political activity.

Linda Hart was also born and grew up in New York City. She was a postgraduate student while living in bohemian Greenwich Village during the 1960s (rather like the Roaring Twenties that Parker exemplified). 

The Traitor King

The Scandalous Exile of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor

11 December 1936. The King of England, Edward VIII, has given up his Crown, foregoing his duty for the love of Wallis Simpson, an American divorcée. Their courtship has been dogged by controversy and scandal, but with Edward's abdication, they can live happily ever after.

But do they? Beginning his astonishing biography at the moment most turn away, bestselling historian Andrew Lownie reveals the dramatic lives of the Windsors post-abdication. This is a story of a Royal shut out by his family and forced into exile; of the Nazi attempts to recruit the Duke to their cause, and of why the Duke, as Governor of the Bahamas, tried to shut down the investigation into the murder of a close friend. It is a story of a couple obsessed with their status, financially exploiting their position, and manipulating the media to portray themselves as victims.

The Windsors were, in their day, the most glamorous exiles in the world, flitting from sumptuously appointed mansions in the south of France to luxurious residences in Palm Beach. But they were spoiled, selfish people, obsessed with their image and revelling in adulterous affairs. Drawing upon hitherto unexplored archives, Lownie shows how their glittering, brittle world was riddled with treachery and betrayal, and why the Royal family never forgave the Duke for choosing love over duty.

Andrew Lownie was educated at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he was Dunster History Prizeman and President of the Union before taking his Masters and doctorate at Edinburgh University. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and former visiting fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, he has run his own literary agency since 1988. Previous books include acclaimed lives of the writer John Buchan, the spy Guy Burgess and The Mountbattens.