is, blissfully, proof that there is still simply nothing quite like a good Victorian scandal
is, blissfully, proof that there is still simply nothing quite like a good Victorian scandal. Waterstone’s books quarterly. Madame Rachel had everything: a Mayfair address, the title of ‘purveyor to Her Majesty the Queen’, a shop full of exotic, expensive creams and potions. Her clientele were aristocratic, rich – and gullible.
They were the Princess Dianas of their day-perhaps the most photographed and talked about young royals of the early twentieth century. The four captivating Russian Grand Duchesses-Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia Romanov-were much admired for their happy dispositions, their looks, the clothes they wore and their privileged lifestyle. The Romanov Sisters sets out to capture the joy as well as the insecurities and poignancy of those young lives against the backdrop of the dying days of late Imperial Russia, World War I and the Russian Revolution.
Historian Helen Rappaport has written a cracking book about ‘beautician’ Madame Rachel set in Victorian London. She was what was then known as a ‘face-enameller’ charging between five and twenty guineas to remove facial hair or fuzz, douse the skin with alkaline toilet waters and then fill-in any lines and wrinkles with a paste thought to be made of arsenic or white lead.
Beautiful For Ever book. Having seen Helen Rappaport at the Edinburgh Book Festival discussing her latest work, I picked this book out of her back catalogue, and she was thrilled to see it chosen, as it is a favourite still. The book was very readable and engaging. It's not too long or dry. I, too, was tantalised by what was alluded to with regards to possible scandalous goings on in Victorian London, but I understand that Rappaport is sticking to what we know.
Caught in the revolution. Petrograd, Russia, 1917-. Caught in the revolution. For information, address St. Martin’s Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, . Names: Rappaport, Helen, author. Title: Caught in the revolution : Petrograd, Russia, 1917-a world on the edge, Helen Rappaport. Description: First . New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2017. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Helen Rappaport is an historian and Russianist with specialisms in the Victorians and revolutionary Russia. Magnificent Obsession.
Helen F. Rappaport (née Ware; born 1947), is a British author and former actress. She specialises in the Victorian era and revolutionary Russia. Rappaport was born Helen Ware in Bromley, grew up near the River Medway in North Kent and attended Chatham Grammar School for Girls. Her older brother Mike Ware, born 1939, is a photographer, chemist, and writer. She has twin younger brothers, Peter (also a photographer) and Christopher, born in 1953.
Helen Rappaport is an historian and Russianist with a specialism in the Victorians and revolutionary Russia
Helen Rappaport is an historian and Russianist with a specialism in the Victorians and revolutionary Russia. Her books include Ekaterinburg: The Last Days of the Romanovs, No Place for Ladies: The Untold Story of Women in the Crimean War, and Magnificent Obsession: Victoria, Albert and the death that changed the monarchy, as well as Beautiful For Ever: Madame Rachel of Bond Street - Cosmetician, Con-Artist and Blackmailer.
Beautiful For Ever is a thrilling tale of love affairs, scandal, blackmail .
Beautiful For Ever is a thrilling tale of love affairs, scandal, blackmail, high-profile court cases, suicide and fraud, with the extraordinary Madame Rachel right at the centre of it al.