A Buxton favourite, acclaimed biographer D J Taylor will discuss his latest book The Lost Girls.
At least a dozen or so young women at large in Blitz-era London have a claim to this title however Lost Girls concentrates on just four: Lys Lubbock, Sonia Brownell, Barbara Skelton and Janetta Parlade. Chic, glamorous and bohemian, as likely to be found living in a rat-haunted maisonette as dining at the Ritz, they cut a swathe through English literary and artistic life in the 1940s. Three of them had affairs with Lucian Freud. One of them married George Orwell, their affairs with dukes, featured in celebrity divorce cases and made appearances in the novels of Evelyn Waugh, Anthony Powell and Nancy Mitford.