The Transatlantic Marriage Bureau will romp through a full year to tell the story of nine young American women - the seasons, the parties, the money and the titles - and their hunt for well-off husbands.
In 1895 nine American heiresses travelled across the Atlantic and bagged themselves husbands and titles. Though this phenomena had been happening for many years, 1895 was undoubtedly the most successful one for the unofficial marriage brokers Lady Minnie Paget and Consuelo Yzanga, Duchess of Windsor. For the English gentlemen the girls married it was a way to sustain their land, houses and all of the trappings of aristocracy. For the girls, who came from new money and were therefore not part of the American social elite, marriage was a means to obtaining the social prestige they craved. The Transatlantic Marriage Bureau will romp through the year to tell the story of these nine women - the seasons, the parties, the money and the titles - always with one eye on the remarkable women who made it happen behind the scenes.
Julie Ferry has been a freelance journalist for the past seven years and has written for The Guardian, Independent, Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph and the Evening Standard. She lives with her husband, four-year-old daughter and one-year-old son in Bristol. The Transatlantic Marriage Bureau is her first book.
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