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Latest Book on Catherine Wendell and Tillly Losch

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Catherine and Tilly : Porchey Carnarvon’s  Two Duped Wives


The Tragic Tales of the Sixth Countesses of Carnarvon







Publication Date 18 November 2013


Price 12.00



The Wendells were a long standing Portsmouth family in Maine and New England, USA.  Catherine's family and collaterals had homes in Kittery and Portsmouth as well as Frostfields, a mansion on New Castle Common. 

Catherine spent her childhood holidays at Kittery, but she lived mostly in New York with her parents and older brothers, Jac and Reggie and a little sister Philippa.

Tragedy struck in 1911 when Catherine was only 11 when her father, Jacob, died, and her mother Marian Fendall Wendell - a member of the Tredick family ( also of Portsmouth, New Hampshire )  was forced to abandon her American roots and move  with her four young children to England to be near a beloved Tredick cousin, Gertrude Griffiths, who had married a wealthy man.

Marian Wendell was a big, couragous, but pushy character - indeed she was very much like Marie Boyer, the grasping, conniving mother of Almina, 5th Countess of Carnarvon, the subject of William Cross's best selling book " The Life and Secrets of Almina Carnarvon."

Through Marian Wendell's determination, spark and wheeling and dealing her two daughters Catherine and Philippa both married British Earls.   In 1922 Catherine became Lady Porchester, and in 1923 the 6th Countess of Carnarvon. In 1924, Philippa became the 12th Countess of Galloway.

The new book will also cover the later marriage of Porchey Carnarvon ( 6th Earl of Carnarvon ) to the dancer and screen star, Tilly Losch.



The full and compelling story of what happened to Catherine and Philippa Wendell after they married is told in detail in William Cross's new expose of the toffs.  The second part of the story will deal with Tilly Losch.

Another uncompromising new book from William Cross to rock the old world order.

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