The Bugatti Queen

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A beautifully written account of a fascinating twentieth-century life: Hélène Delangle, also known as Hellé Nice, dancer, lover -- and record-breaking racing driver.

"This engaging memoir brings alive the energy, excitement and viciousness of the racing circuit, and Helle's constant struggle to remain part of a world dominated by rich men" Observer 1/2
"Spine-tingling . . . [Seymour] excels in conveying the wider social-historical context" Sunday Times
"Seymour writes with an elegance and verve her subject would have appreciated and has written a book almost as interesting for its social history as for the life it relates . . . [An] inspiring rediscovery" Spectator
"Sometimes it seems that fame looks after its own, but here is a very well-told tale that shows us otherwise" Sunday Telegraph
"Miranda Seymour's biography of the daring female driver Hellé Nice will have you riveted to your seat. The Bugatti Queen offers a gripping account of motor racing in Europe and America in the Thirties . . . Enthralling reading . . . There is no doubt that Hélène Delangle would have been proud to have her story so eloquently and sympathetically retold" Literary Review
"The Bugatti Queen is more than a memorial to her. It is superb on the spectacle and allure of the track, and on what the sport is all about - death and, on the way, sex and speed" Daily Telegraph
"A highly accomplished biography of an extraordinary woman, it is a timely reminder that celebrity culture, with all its cruel swerves of fortune, is nothing new' 5 star review!!! " Kathryn Hughes, Mail on Sunday 8/2

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