The Booker Prize–nominated creator of Derby Day supplies a luxurious cultural historical past as noticed throughout the lives of 4 enigmatic girls.

Who have been the Misplaced Ladies? Sublime, glamorous, and bohemian, as more likely to be discovered residing in a rat-haunted maisonette as eating on the Ritz, Lys Lubbock, Sonia Brownell, Barbara Skelton, and Janetta Parlade reduce a swath via English literary and creative existence on the top of International Conflict II.

Three of them had affairs with Lucian Freud. One among them married George Orwell. Some other become the mistress of the King of Egypt.

They had very other―and on occasion explosive―personalities, however taken in combination they shape a particular a part of the wartime demographic: Brilliant, gorgeous, unbiased-minded girls with tricky upbringings who have been decided to benefit from their lives in a chaotic time.

Ranging from Bloomsbury and Soho to Cairo and the couture studios of Schiaparelli and Hartnell, the Misplaced Ladies could encourage the paintings of George Orwell, Evelyn Waugh, Anthony Powell, and Nancy Mitford. They’re the lacking hyperlink among the Misplaced Era and Brilliant Younger Other folks and the Dionysiac cultural revolution of the Nineteen Sixties. Sweeping, passionate, and swiftly poignant, that is their untold tale.