We fantasize about what we would do if we inherited a fortune: the house on Cheyne Walk? The Manolo Blahniks? The racehorses?
But what would it be like, never to have to dream in that way? In a special pre-publication preview event, Laura Thompson, biographer of the Mitford Sisters, explores the historical phenomenon of the heiress. The Estate Builders; the Patrons; the Party Girls; and the Rebels. A famous heiress once said: ‘Life is less sad with money’. It should be true. But is it?
Our musical accompaniment to this event will be works written for the Paris Salon of Winnaretta Singer, inheritor of the sewing-machine fortune, by composers including Ravel and Fauré.
Includes a cup of tea.